West Ham loanee Alex Kral confirms departure after barely featuring last season
West Ham loanee Alex Kral has confirmed that he has left the club after an underwhelming loan spell at the London Stadium.
The 24-year-old arrived at West Ham last summer on loan from Spartak Moscow but was largely ignored by David Moyes.
Kral took to Twitter on Saturday night (1 July) to confirm that he has left the club and thanked the fans for their support.
The message read: “It has been an honour for me to wear this jersey.
“Big thanks to all West Ham fans for your support and love. I wish you the best Irons.”
Kral made just six appearances in claret and blue, with just one of those coming in the Premier League.
Did he deserve more of a chance?
To say Kral was not given a chance in an Irons shirt would be an understatement.
He played just 258 minutes of football all season, with 180 of those coming across two matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester United (FBRef).
For perspective, that is just 15 minutes more than he played in the Russian League across his five appearances in July and August before joining West Ham.
His one Premier League appearance came in a 4-1 win over Watford in December and lasted for all of one minute.
It is impossible to properly judge a player based off such little playing time, but one thing Kral did show was a strong character.
However, it must be noted that Moyes saw him on the training pitch every day and would know whether or not he deserved a chance better than anyone.
What is undeniable however is that Kral showed a remarkable desire to fight for his place whenever he was given the chance to pull on the shirt.
He is clearly a capable midfielder as showed by his time at Spartak and will surely leave with well wishes.