David Moyes has labelled Vladimir Coufal West Ham United’s best player following the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday – in comments reported by Football London.
The Irons right-back was handed a daunting task ahead of the contest. It looked set to be Coufal’s job to deal with Wilfried Zaha.
And the summer signing produced an outstanding performance. As shown by Whoscored.com, he made five successful challenges – more than any of his teammates.
He also managed three clearances and two interceptions. And of course, it was his assist that allowed Sebastien Haller to score his stunning equaliser.
And following the draw, Moyes suggested that he could not have asked for more from the defender.
“I thought he was our best player tonight, I thought he played really well,” he said, as reported by Football London. “He’s got an assist but more importantly he knew he’d have a really tough job up against Zaha and I thought he did it well.
“We knew how good they were down the left but I have to say he played well, the ball for the goal was good but he put in two or three other crosses.”
TBR View: £5m masterstroke
West Ham’s decision to pay £5 million for Coufal in the summer (fee reported by the Guardian) is proving to be a masterstroke.
The 28-year-old has taken to the Premier League so easily. And in no time at all, he has made himself a crucial part of Moyes’s plans at the London Stadium.
He has made 10 league starts. And only Aaron Cresswell has contributed a greater number of assists than the Czech Republic international in the top flight this season.
But it must also be noted that only four sides have kept a better defensive record than the Hammers – with one of those teams still boasting three games in hand.