West Ham United boss David Moyes has spoken out in defence of ‘incredible’ midfielder Pablo Fornals.

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The ex Villareal man has divided opinion among some West Ham supporters.

The Spaniard – much like the team – endured an up and down debut season following his £24million move to West Ham.

Fornals was snubbed by Moyes when he first took over back in January.

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But he worked his way back into the side and is now a permanent fixture in the team.

Fornals is one of West Ham’s hardest working players. But he hasn’t always been able to marry his workrate with assists and goal threat.

The majority of West Ham fans appreciate the work Fornals does for the team. But some have been critical of his end product having missed several sitters this season.

With the exciting signing of Said Benrahma, the pressure is on Fornals to keep his place.

But now West Ham boss Moyes has spoken out in defence of a player he describes as ‘incredible’.

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Moyes defends ‘incredible’ Fornals

“Pablo has done really well,” Moyes said in his pre-Liverpool press conference (whufc.com).

“He’s a really likeable boy and works really hard for the team.

 

“We’re always demanding more from him because we want assists and goals for him and he’s been doing that. His energy and enthusiasm is incredible.

“We have the makings of a young group of players who are doing well and giving us energy and we want to keep on doing that.”

The 24-year-old had a big hand in the excellent 4-0 win over Wolves and the 3-0 victory at Leicester where he scored a superbly taken goal and provided an assist for Jarrod Bowen.

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Questioning Fornals is harsh but Moyes knows his worth

Question marks about his place in the team seem very harsh.

And if one thing is for certain Moyes won’t be ditching Fornals anytime soon.

That means Benrahma will have to bide his time and work his way into the team from the bench.

It is the sensible way to handle the Benrahma situation.

Moyes is an experienced hand in that respect, as shown with his handling of countless signings from the Championship during his time at Everton and with Bowen too.

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