Some fans have been confused by the name on Pablo Fornals’s shirt at West Ham United.

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Fornals has become a key player in David Moyes’s high-flying West Ham side.

And that has seen the club in the spotlight to the wider football world.

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The likes of Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, Vladimir Coufal, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma have been attracting attention and praise.

But Fornals has been a crucial cog in the West Ham machine this season.

And after West Ham’s record-breaking sixth straight win to start a calendar year, conversations about Fornals online turned to the name on his shirt.

Many football fans and Hammers supporters raised the question on Twitter as to why Fornals has P.Fornals as the name on his shirt.

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Explained: Why Pablo Fornals wears P.Fornals on his West Ham shirt

Usually players only have the initial of their first name if there is a player with the same surname in the squad.

Some quipped it stood for ‘Prince’ or was done to differentiate from all the other Fornals in the Premier League.

Others said he could do what he wants because he’s that good.

But for those wondering why, Hammers News can help clear up any confusion.

In Spain, people bear a single or composite given name and two surnames.

Traditionally, a person’s first surname is the father’s first surname while their second surname is the mother’s first surname.

Fornals’s full name is Pablo Fornals Malla.

Malla is the second – or maternal – family name.

Having Pablo Fornals would be a stretch on the shirt.

So, as per the above, to include both names he opts for P.Fornals instead.

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The Spaniard showed his value in all departments again during the win over Palace last time out.

His brilliant pass carved Palace open for West Ham’s equaliser.

Fornals was everywhere.

And he put in another incredible shift for the team to ensure the Hammers emerged victorious.

He is going a long way to proving Spanish football expert Guillem Balague’s assessment of the West Ham man correct that’s for sure. See full story below.

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