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Vladimir Coufal (Defender)

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Vladimir Coufal

Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Squad Number: 5
Position: Defender
Born: 22nd Aug 1992 (Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
Signed: 2nd Oct 2020 (£5,500,000)
Contract: 3 years
Previous Club: Slavia Prague

 

vs Chelsea

3-2: Saturday, 4th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Going to have this spot back now. He?EUR(TM)s been excellent since coming back in, his running up the flank offers so much for the team and livens up Bowen. Defended well too.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Wednesday, 1st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Not a triumphant result, but a triumphant return in that his performance reminded anyone watching what a good player he is. Maybe the rest will have some long-term benefit for him, whilst his return made Bowen a better player and helped the passing on the right side of the pitch. His crossing was an added weapon too. It's harsh on Johnson, but he hasn't got that part of his game yet and Coufal does.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th November
(Played 30 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Cresswell, 60) Was reasonably fine, but it was so obvious that he cannot play on the left side.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 25th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked sharp and was a great passing option up and down the flank. Unlucky not to get an assist for a perfect cross to Perkins.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November

Did not play.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 6 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 84) Came in and was disciplined and energetic, which we needed.

vs Genk

2-2: Thursday, 4th November
(Played 90 minutes)

The defence was a mess in the early stages, but once the side settled, Coufal was better going forward and his pass for the first goal was perfect. Unlucky not to score or get an assist later.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 0 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 90) On for a few seconds to waste time.

vs Manchester City

0-0: Wednesday, 27th October

(Replaced Lanzini, 82) Did his job, stiffening up the right but was barely noticed. Good to see him getting minutes to aid his return.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 90 minutes)

Some real threat, but also some passing from the back in the first half that just seemed aimless, going long for the sake of going long. On the plus side, showed more energy going forward than he has so far this season.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Was upfield when the side conceded. It?EUR(TM)s to his credit that the pace of Dan James never seemed to be even a footnote in the game. Lovely pass to Rice to release him and start the move to win the game.

vs Manchester United

1-0: Wednesday, 22nd September
(Played 73 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fredericks, 17) Did his job quite quietly but didn?EUR(TM)t seem to be able to get on the same page as his teammates in attacking areas.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Didn?EUR(TM)t seem particularly concerned by any of the Man United players, but was not anywhere near at his best going forward and didn?EUR(TM)t really impose himself at the back either. Still looks tired.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September

Did not play.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September
(Played 90 minutes)

He?EUR(TM)ll remember today more than others, such was the trouble Djenepo caused him. A couple dangerous balls into the box but quite subdued.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Both goals came down the defender?EUR(TM)s side, although both were more to do with poor defending and organisation in the box. 12 crosses, three that were accurate.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August
(Played 90 minutes)

Wasn?EUR(TM)t tested defensively, provided a good outlet and some teasing crosses from the right flank.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked off the pace in the first half, and at the very least was reluctant to overlap like he usually does. Got better in the second half, but was part of a messy defence.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May
(Played 90 minutes)

It?EUR(TM)s Coufal, so it?EUR(TM)s going to be at least a seven out of ten. Another assist, more comfortable defending, more roaming full back with an unstoppable engine. No better signing has been made in the Premier League this season, and the man has arguably been the best right back in the league.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Rinse and repeat from Mr Coufal. His first taste of English fans and up against the player who caused him most problems in the reverse in Pereira. He was his usual self, robust but with finesse, energetic and up and down the flank all game. Contributed well at both ends.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Not his finest game but he still delivered at both ends of the pitch. Arguably the player of the season, it?EUR(TM)s hard to think of him even having bad spells in games, let alone bad games.

vs Burnley

2-1: Saturday, 1st May
(Played 90 minutes)

All the robotic superlatives about this man are fully deserved and apply again. He is a machine. Up and down the flank all game, he seems happy to be a neat passing right back as he is a no-nonsense full back. Another assist and this is still his debut season.

vs Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 24th April
(Played 90 minutes)

One of the Czech gladiator?EUR(TM)s more ineffective games. He didn?EUR(TM)t really dominate his flank defensively, and often found his crossing opportunities curtailed by the presence of any player in the opposition box. With Rice playing, Soucek would have been there.

vs Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 17th April
(Played 90 minutes)

One of the few to come out with any credit. Did his job reasonably well defensively, but it was what he put into the attacking effort that is worth praise. He never stopped running up and down the flank, had the most touches of any player on the pitch and kept the side going in difficult circumstances.

vs Leicester City

3-2: Sunday, 11th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Speaking of rocks at the back, Coufal was again imperious in defence and supported the attack well, include a great assist. Must work on his confidence on the ball when he gets behind the defence, second time this season he was been storming towards goal and looked lost in the headlights. Otherwise brilliant.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

3-2: Monday, 5th April
(Played 90 minutes)

He?EUR(TM)s less natural at wing back than full back, and he ends up playing both roles due to how the defence is shaped, so it?EUR(TM)s spectacular to think he bossed that side so well again. The first goal came from his side, but arguably he dealt with Traore much better without help and that time was three players beaten. He gets on the ball a lot and is always solid.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

A good attacking performance, his crosses were dangerous, but a little more vulnerable defensively than we are used to. Tierney beat him a few times, and he may have been better positioned to defend Lacazette?EUR(TM)s header.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Did well considering the pace he was up against and the ease of which numerous players flooded forward. Beaten for pace more times than usual, but then it was an endless stream of attack so it makes it more likely.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid and unspectacular, the calling card of an old-school defender who relishes the challenge of defending.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Can be very happy with his individual play. His run forward and pass to Lingard were key in the goal, whilst his defensive work was excellent. Torres was barely seen, how well he was marshalled by Coufal.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 90 minutes)

When it?EUR(TM)s time for a fight, Coufal is game. He scraps in defence, and it was clear he again enjoyed the challenge of facing a much-heralded opponent. Son was quiet, especially when he was moved to play one-on-one with Coufal. He never won a head-to-head, the full back resolute as ever.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Tenacious as ever, although Sheffield United got in quite a few crosses down his side. Should have scored, although it?EUR(TM)s more important he backs himself rather than goes at goal so reluctantly!

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February
(Played 120 minutes)

Did a good job at right back and then did well in the right slot of a middle three. Solid, no glamour, didn?EUR(TM)t get forward to attack often. Kept Rashford quiet.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February
(Played 90 minutes)

The man is a very good defender. Deserved to score too for the way he attacked that header. The forward players were off their game, so the resilience of the defence was important. Coufal has resilience in spades.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February
(Played 90 minutes)

Does Vladimir Coufal have bad games? You could just sense that he relished the challenge of defending Grealish, and he enjoyed the niggle that came along with it too. His attacking play was more limited than usual, the task of Grealish clear in his mind, and Fredericks gave him ample support too.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January
(Played 90 minutes)

Stood up to the challenge better than most of his teammates. Steady, strong and still tried to get forward.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Another game against Zaha, another dominant performance. Neither Eze nor Zaha got any change out of Coufal, the right back dominant defensively, strong in the tackle and making a lot of clearances too (seven). A terrific signing.

vs Doncaster Rovers

4-0: Saturday, 23rd January

Did not play.

vs West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 19th January
(Played 90 minutes)

He looked more troubled by Grosicki than any other winger has been able to make him, but he adjusted well and his assist unlocked the game.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

A couple times he was beaten by McNeil, but otherwise very solid and dependable at the back, whilst providing well further forward.

vs Stockport County

1-0: Monday, 11th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Until Soucek arrived, this was a lower rating, but his compatriot brought him into the game much more, as did Bowen's superior movement to Yarmolenko, and it was his cross that created Soucek's chance and his run that earned the corner for the goal. Looked leggy.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid if unspectacular, he dealt with the threat of Bernard well and then had no problems with Richarlison when the forward swapped wings. His defensive work is very, very good, and he gets up and down the flank to support Bowen very well too. Consistent.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December

Did not play.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Saturday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Coufal is not a wingback, he does well supporting a winger and overlapping, so seeing him and Johnson as the two wide options was a horrible watch. However, he did get up to support the attacks and, most importantly, his defensive worth on the flanks is brilliant. There is very little a full back can do when 1v2 on the wing, so the first goal is on the system.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Comes out of the game with credit. Not only did he support Bowen excellently, as ever, but he was defensive solid once more and is by far the best full back at the club.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 15th December
(Played 90 minutes)

As good a defensive performance as you'll see this season from a Premier League full back. Zaha and Eze danced around the ball as much as they liked, Coufal just made sure to tackle them when they tried to do something with it. The assist was deserved too, a cross into the right area and not his only one. Endlessly overlaps too.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Friday, 11th December
(Played 90 minutes)

As pointed out repeatedly on commentary, no attacker got anything out of Coufal down our right and he was smart with when and how he attacked. The freekick for Balbuena was perfect too, another little string to his bow with Fredericks and Johnson both ready for any chance to take his place.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Handled Martial with ease in the first half, but couldn't deal with the space Rashford could run into. Hard to question individual defenders in the second half, the line was very much wrong and they were exposed by the system, whether that was the manager's instructions or poor organisation by the defence.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Grealish was quieter in the first half under Coufal's supervision than in the second when he moved away from the defender.

vs Sheffield United

1-0: Sunday, 22nd November
(Played 90 minutes)

A very effective game from the right. Got forward well but was very aware of what was behind him. He snaps into tackles well, especially to steal the ball and did so around the halfway a few times to get moves started, notably for the goal.

vs Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 7th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Defensively sound, put in a few good crosses that could have had better outcomes. Lacks pace and guile but a good addition.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

You would probably have had to have paid real attention to Coufal in particular to notice much he did individually that stood out. Generally defended well, although lost the flight of a long ball that Liverpool nearly profited from.

vs Manchester City

1-1: Saturday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Excellent defensively for all but one moment, and City punished him for that. But otherwise, he was dominant down defensively down his side and stepped into the middle to help well.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

3-3: Sunday, 18th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked a little lost by the positioning and movement of Son, combined with Balbuena too. But when Kane was stopped, the defence sorted themselves out with the runners he was trying to find. And the goal he created came from classic full back play.

vs Leicester City

3-0: Sunday, 4th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Defensively very good, made two vital interceptions to cover others in the first half, and also showed attacking skill too. Great debut.
Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.

Vladimir Coufal did not play for West Ham during this season.