Pablo Fornals started for West Ham away at Chelsea today, and once again he looked to be well off the pace.

The Spaniard joined the Hammers from Villarreal for £24 million in the summer. He arrived with a big reputation, but he has desperately failed to establish himself at the London Stadium.

Fornals seems to be struggling with the physicality of the English game. He certainly hasn’t been helped by Manuel Pellegrini playing him out wide. But as things stand it seems as though West Ham might have bought a dud.

The Hammers played much better today against Chelsea, and they thoroughly deserved their victory against the Blues.

The 23-year-old West Ham man was once of the few players who disappointed for the east London outfit, however.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: West Ham United’s Pablo Fornals during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on November 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Fornals, who earns £60,000 per week according to Football Insider, did rack up an assist against the Blues, but that should not mask the fact that his all round performance was very poor.

If he is to be a success in the Premier League, he must improve the physical side of his game. And that might be something that proves very difficult indeed.

Some West Ham fans took to Twitter and reacted to Fornals’ poor display…

 
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