West Ham ace Pablo Fornals insisted that he is happy playing out wide on the left, when speaking to the club’s official website.
The 24-year-old joined the Hammers from Villarreal in the summer of 2019 for around £25 million (The Telegraph).
Fornals is a divisive figure amongst the West Ham fans.
Some praise him to the hilt for his hard work and 100 per cent commitment to the cause whilst others suggest that something is missing and he hasn’t quite got what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
We are somewhere in the middle. Fornals, who earns £60k-a-week (Football Insider), is obviously a hard worker and he undoubtedly possesses real talent. The Spaniard’s final ball and awareness in the final third is often found wanting, however.
The former Villarreal ace needs to improve upon that aspect of his game. But he is capable of being a great player. Maybe that will come with time. One thing’s for sure, if David Moyes plays the 24-year-old in a more central role he will improve massively.
Fornals told WHUFC.com that he is more than happy to play in what he calls a ‘strange position’, however:
“I’m feeling more comfortable because, with Arthur and Cressy playing down the left-hand side, I can go into the middle a little bit. It’s a strange position to explain. Sometimes I am defending like a winger, at other times I’m up with the striker and at other times I’m in the midfield – it depends on the flow of the game and how the boss thinks we can hurt the other team. Both before and during the game, the manager changes our positions and sometimes we play 2-1-2 or other times I play wide. It depends how the boss and the coaches watch the game.”
Fornals now has Said Benrahma pushing him for his place in the starting line-up. That can only be a good thing, however.
The Spaniard will need to raise his game if he is to remain as a regular starter at the London Stadium.
His work-rate is crucial to the way in which we play, however. And David Moyes is clearly a big fan of the 24-year-old.
The unfamiliar left wing position may be strange to him, but the West Ham boss obviously feels as though it suits him. We just need to see a bit more quality from Fornals. We all know what he is capable of. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time before the 24-year-old reaches another level for West Ham.