West Ham loanee Alex Kral has admitted that he is unsure of what the future holds for him as the midfielder continues to struggle for first-team opportunities.
The 23-year-old midfielder moved to the London Stadium on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow in the summer on transfer deadline day.
The Hammers have an option to sign him permanently next summer for around £17 million (£12 million plus a potential £5 million in add-ons) according to ExWHUemployee.
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As things stand though, that seems to be unlikely. David Moyes has hardly given the Czech Republic international a chance thus far.
Kral has only been given 210 minutes action by Moyes this season. Incredibly, 21 West Ham players have played more minutes than the 23-year-old so far this season (Transfermarkt).
That list of players includes the likes of Mark Noble (603 minutes), Andriy Yarmolenko (596 minutes) and Arthur Masuaku (866 minutes).
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When speaking to Sport Express, Kral suggested that his future is very much up in the air at the moment:
“It all depends on me. The two clubs will make a decision in the summer. There is an option to return to Spartak. But there is also the possibility of staying at West Ham. Maybe to go to another club. Nobody knows what will happen. Of course it’s hard for me. I’ve never been in a situation where I wasn’t playing. At Spartak, I was on the field every game. But I know what the coach wants from me. I need to work on myself. It is very important. I must take the chances I have. I have to play the way the coach wants.”
Kral went on…
“Of course, this is a different level. I think that the level of the Premier League is very different from all other leagues in general, if we are talking about intensity and power. I’m glad that I can progress in the best league in the world. The environment, the mentality, a new city, a new club – everything is new for me. I’m starting to get used to everything, as I’ve been there for four months now. I think I have adapted well to the pace, the intensity. I still continue to study.”
Considering the lack of game-time Moyes has given Kral thus far, the outlook seems fairly bleak for the 23-year-old at the London Stadium.
There is still plenty of football to be played this season though.
And if Kral is given a chance to shine by the West Ham boss, he had better prove his worth, otherwise a return to Spartak Moscow could well be on the cards in the summer.
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