Michael Brown has been left raving over the performance of Vladimir Coufal after West Ham sealed victory at Everton on Friday night.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted the Czech Republic international has done “really, really well” to adapt his game to the different formations David Moyes has used this season.
The 28-year-old right-back returned to the starting XI at Goodison Park, having been left as an unused substitute against Southampton, and put in a standout performance to keep the likes of Bernard and Richarlison quiet.
He ended the game with a 100 per cent success rate from his three attempted tackles – the best of any West Ham player on Friday night – while he also ranked highly in terms of his interceptions, clearances and aerial battles won [WhoScored].
Brown has heralded the summer signing for his ability at both ends of the pitch and insisted he played a big part in the Hammers’ win on Merseyside.
Brown told Football Insider: “He has looked good – we’ve also seen a formation change from West Ham and it’s meant people have had to adapt and I think he’s done really, really well.
“Defensively he can drop back in and he has shown he can also get forward.
“Moyes will be delighted with his players, going back to Everton to get that result, Coufal’s slotted in well, they seem to be playing as a team and like you say, he’s doing really well.”
Coufal has played a total of 13 times for West Ham since joining from Sparta Prague over the summer.
Ryan Fredericks is his main competition for the right-back slot in east London, although the former Fulham man is currently self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.