Ally McCoist suggests David Moyes is getting something all wrong at West Ham after a Pablo Fornals observation.
Football legend McCoist is one of the most respected and loved pundits in the game.
And he was on duty for West Ham’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Derby County on Monday night.
The Hammers put in a professional performance to secure safe passage through to the fifth round where they will face Manchester United once again.
West Ham got the win thanks to goals from Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio.
On the night the likes of Bowen, Flynn Downes, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd stood out with solid displays.
McCoist was on commentary duty for the game with ITV.
And he chose West Ham star Pablo Fornals as his man of the match. Fornals, humble as always, told ITV after the game he felt Bowen deserved the man of the match award.
The Spaniard was one of the first names on the teamsheet for West Ham under Moyes previously. But he has been in and out of the side this season.
Moyes often plays the Cockney Carzola in a left-wing or left-forward role where he struggles to make an impact on the game.
He did the same at Derby before switching Fornals to a central role in the second half. The impact was almost instantaneous as the midfielder played in Bowen to setup Antonio for the second goal.
And McCoist suggests Moyes is getting something all wrong at West Ham after his Fornals observation.
The pundit commented on three separate occasions just how much better Fornals was in a more central role for West Ham.
He could not understand why the Spaniard was being wasted on the left given his impact through the middle.
McCoist praised Fornals’ second half display, saying he was the standout player and noting how key he was in that central area, which came much more naturally to him.
Let’s hope Moyes listens to his fellow Scot. Because Fornals lacks the pace to be influential in a left-sided role. But his incisive, intelligent passing and vision make him a huge threat and asset in the middle.
One thing the Hammers fan favourite does need to work on, though, is his finishing.
And he has been doing just that recently with footage showing Fornals doing extra training in order to sharpen up his shooting and composure in front of goal.
With Said Benrahma, Antonio and – when fit again – Maxwel Cornet all capable of playing on the left, there really is no reason for Moyes to be playing Fornals out there at all. Because what West Ham may gain from his hardwork and defensive awareness, they lose in attack.