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West Ham United: Gabriel Agbonlahor backs Alex Kral to shine

West Ham United: Gabriel Agbonlahor backs Alex Kral to shine -West Ham News

Speaking to Football Insider, talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed brand new West Ham United starlet and summer signing Alex Kral to shine thanks to one ‘big thing’.

The Lowdown: West Ham snap up Kral…

The Hammers were linked with a move to Kral from the beginning of the summer transfer window with advanced talks even mooted months ago (Football Insider).

Reports, however, died down midway through the window before accelerating back up again in the very last stages.

Finally ending the saga, West Ham officially snapped up the Czech Republic youngster on a season-long loan deal just before the deadline.

The Latest: Agbonlahor backs Kral…

Speaking to FI, the former Premier League striker believes Kral will ‘hit the ground running’ for West Ham due to one thing.

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Indeed, the presence of compatriots Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal should help the 23-year-old to settle in fairly quickly at the London Stadium, Agbonlahor believes.

“It always helps when you are a foreign player coming in and there are players there from your own country it helps you settle in a lot quicker. That will be big for him.

“I’m sure he’ll hit the ground running as his Czech Republic teammates did. They were flying from their first few games.

“Having teammates there is definitely a big thing.”

The Verdict: Massive?

Settling into life in the Premier League comes as a challenge for any promising young starlet, but Coufal and Soucek leading by example will certainly come as a booster for Kral.

Both men enjoyed fine first seasons at the London Stadium and topped West Ham’s charts for most tackles averaged per 90 in the English top flight (WhoScored).

If Kral can replicate that kind of form, Moyes may have just pulled off a masterstroke by signing him at the very last minute.

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