Pundit warns West Ham against signing more Czech players

Date published: Wednesday 24th November 2021 5:14 - Jason Soutar

Reported West Ham target Adam Hlozek battling for the ball with Tomas Soucek

Alan Hutton has warned West Ham about signing too many Czech players amidst rumours linking the Hammers with Sparta Prague’s Adam Hlozek.

Hlozek has been previously linked with a move to Liverpool, with David Moyes now eyeing up a move for the young striker, according to reports.

The 19-year-old has already made 12 appearances for the Czech Republic, scoring once.

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Despite his excellent potential, former right-back Hutton has explained why signing too many players from the same country can be a bad thing.

“Definitely. I think you have to be careful,” he told Football Insider when asked if having several players from the same background could have a negative effect on the dressing room.

“On one hand, another player coming over to a foreign country and settling down, if you’ve got someone that you know, has done it before, of course it helps.

“But when you start going four, five, six players, then it may become a problem. I’m not saying that it always does but there’s a possibility that it can.

“You distance yourself from other players because you’ve got people you feel familiar with.

“You feel good round about them and you maybe distance yourself from the rest of the squad. Then there’s no positive effect.

“I think you just have to be wary, you have to be careful. It doesn’t always plan out that way. Just be careful there’s not too many.”

West Ham already have Czech internationals Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and loanee Alex Kral on their books.

Meanwhile, Danny Murphy admits he is “surprised” that Jarrod Bowen is being linked with a move to Liverpool.

Back in July, Bowen emerged as a surprise target for the Reds after The Athletic claimed that manager Jurgen Klopp ‘rates him highly’.

“I did hear those rumours and I was a little bit surprised,” Murphy told MyBettingSites.

“I say surprised not because I don’t like Bowen, I think he has adapted to the Premier League well, I think he’s shown a real appetite to improve his game and get into that West Ham side, playing off the right-hand side.”

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