By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Jan, 2022 | 6:30am

Alex Kral could return to Spartak Moscow after uninspiring West Ham stint

Spartak Moscow Sporting Director Luca Cattani has told Russian outlet MetaRatings that Alex Kral could be recalled from West Ham.

The Czech Republic international midfielder, 23, moved to the London Stadium on a season-long loan move with an option to buy, but he has played just a minute of Premier League football, and the Russian giants could look to recall him.

Kral came off the bench during the 4-1 win over Watford last month, barely touching the ball, but he has made two starts and come off the bench twice across other competitions.


David Moyes had hoped the youngster would be able to provide Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice with quality competition and cover in the middle of the park, but that is yet to happen midway through the season.

Mark Noble, 34, has actually played more games than Kral, featuring 12 times and scoring twice, and it is hard to see West Ham taking up the option to sign him permanently.

He has not been able to be influential as fellow Czechs Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, and he could be open to leaving this month.

Spartak Moscow have not made a decision yet, but they definitely would not have been encouraged with how things have gone for their player so far at the London Stadium.

Soucek and Noble are both doubts for the game against Leeds United on Sunday (16 January), and Kral could be handed a rare appearance in the Premier League.

With Conor Coventry also an option, the Czech international has to impress in the opening 45 minutes, and the game could have a huge say on his West Ham future.

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