By Noel Whelan

27th Nov, 2021 | 12:00pm

Pundit suggests Kral could be outcast at West Ham for 'the rest of the season'

Noel Whelan has suggested Alex Kral could hardly feature at West Ham for “the rest of the season”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the performances of other players has made it difficult for the 23-year-old to get much action under David Moyes.

The Spartak Moscow loanee came off the bench against Rapid Vienna to make only his third appearance of the season.

Mark Noble and Tomas Soucek started the game, with regular starter Declan Rice left as an unused substitute.

Whelan suggested the consistency levels and constant availability of the other midfielders means Kral may not get many chances this term.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You’ve got a very strong squad there and when people are winning games, it’s hard to change that team.

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“They’ve not had many injuries, hardly any at all, at West Ham. Everyone’s been keeping fit, everyone’s enjoying winning, playing the games, playing in Europe.

“You’ve got to play your strongest squad and that’s what David Moyes has done. He has respected every single game by putting out the strongest squad possible.

“Sometimes as a player, you can’t be knocking on people’s door if the team’s playing well and winning football matches. It’s a very difficult conversation to have.

“You’ve got to prove your worth. Every single game, the players that have been chosen have done that job.

“It might be a little bit longer that Kral’s going to have to wait to prove himself. It might be all season. He might not get hardly any games.

“It could be difficult for him, to be honest. They’ve just got that wind in their sails at the minute.”

Kral went into quarantine last month after testing positive for Covid.

As revealed by Football Insider (31st August), the Irons have a £17million optional purchase clause to buy the Czech Repulic international.

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