By Saikat Mandal

8th Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

David Moyes must sanction exit for West Ham United defender Vladimir Coufal in January

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal is being targeted by German club Bayer Leverkusen, and David Moyes must not mind letting him go

According to a report from Sky Deutschland, the Bundesliga club are eyeing a January move for Coufal as they look to sign a new right-back. 

It has been reported that delegations from Leverkusen are set to visit the London club to wrap up a deal for the 30-year-old defender. 

The Hammers should let him go, for mainly three reasons. 

First, Coufal’s performance has waned in recent years. The Czech Republic international joined the club in the summer of 2020 from Slavia Prague and has made over 85 appearances in all competitions. 

He was simply outstanding in his first season at the club, where he managed 34 Premier League appearances. He was decent at best last season battling with fitness and one could see that his performance had dropped considerably. This season, he has been dreadful. 

In nine Premier League appearances, he has failed to register an assist and has not scored yet. Managing only 1.6 tackles per game, Coufal hasn’t been great in the offensive role either, where he is managing just 0.9 key passes per game. 

He is generally good at crossing from the flanks, but he is managing only 0.6 crosses per game, with a poor 67.4% passing accuracy, as per Whoscored

Clearly, these are signs that the player is on the wane. 

Secondly, Moyes has enough options now in the right-back role. Ben Johnson has proved to be a reliable option while Thilo Kehrer can play there. Maxwell Cornet can also fit in if needed. 

Therefore, losing Coufal wouldn’t hurt the club nor it will have an effect on the squad depth. 

Finally, Coufal can be a bankable asset. West Ham are expected to operate on a tight budget in January and they would be looking to sell a few players to fund moves for new arrivals. In that case, Coufal could be sacrificed.