Alex Kral – Spartak Moscow
After Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Robert Snodgrass and Josh Cullen left, the squad has lacked depth in the central midfield. Mark Noble is the only natural central-midfielder that can play back-up to Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek. However, it may not be long until Noble hangs up his boots. Therefore a new midfielder is a necessity.
Fans voted on four midfielders that have been linked with moves to the London Stadium, and their response was more varied than it was for the goalkeeper. Alex Kral won the vote with 34 per cent of the vote. The next favoured option was Fulham man André-Frank Zambo Anguissa who collected 24.6 per cent of the vote. Sheffield United’s Sander Berge was the third choice with 22.5 per cent of the vote.
The last option was Teun Koopmeiners from AZ Alkmaar. The club captain finished in the last place with only 18.9 per cent of the vote. All four would have been good additions to David Moyes squad and would have added quality in depth.
Alex Kral, however, looks like he would be a superb addition to the West Ham squad. The central-midfielder is brilliant defensively and would help protect the backline. Kral is also able to play as a centre-back. Utility is a trait Moyes likes in his players.
Currently, at Spartak Moscow, Kral used to be a teammate of Soucek and Vladimir Coufal. If the Czech midfielder could have the same impact as his compatriots, he could prove to be a solid midfield option. Though with a few years left on his contract, Kral could command a fee upwards of £20 million, which would be a lot for a back-up player.
Kral is only 22-years-old and could develop even further. If West Ham do qualify for Europe next season, there would be plenty of chances for the midfielder to get some solid game time.