West Ham supporters simply must read what Mark Noble has said about struggling fan favourite Pablo Fornals in his new book.
After struggling for consistency under the man who brought him to West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini, Fornals has established himself as a fundamental player in east London under the man who replaced the Chilean, David Moyes.
The midfield ace is loved by West Ham fans and his manager for his infectious attitude, workrate and of course his ability.
There has always been the nagging feeling that the Cockney Carzola should score more goals with the chances he has. But nobody can doubt his quality or commitment.
The problem is Fornals, like many of his West Ham teammates this season, has fallen way below the high standards he has set for himself over the last couple of years.
Fornals paid the price by losing his place in the starting XI recently.
He underlined what a team player he is and showed his professional attitude by reacting in a positive way to being dropped when speaking in a recent interview.
And he responded on the pitch by scoring a brace in West Ham’s game at FCSB after insisting he wanted to travel to Romania to play despite Moyes telling him he could take a rest.
Now West Ham supporters simply must read what Mark Noble has said about struggling fan favourite Fornals.
Speaking in his autobiography Boleyn Boy, the incoming sporting director was absolutely gushing in his praise of Fornals.
“I had so much love for Pablo Fornals,” Noble says in Boleyn Boy.
“He took time to adapt to English football after joining us from Villarreal in 2019, but he never gave up. Pablo was determined to make it work at West Ham. He knuckled down, played in loads of positions for the team and tried hard even when he wasn’t having the best of games.
“Players with that kind of attitude are invaluable. Pablo knew that being technically gifted wasn’t enough in the Premier League. His enthusiasm was infectious, he demanded so much from himself, and while he got emotional with himself at times, his work ethic was an example for others to follow.”
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Fornals anymore than you already do…
Noble has seen so many players come and go at West Ham over the last two decades. So this is high praise indeed.
If and when West Ham start to turn this season around after the World Cup break, you can bet your bottom dollar Pablo will be one of the key players leading the charge.