West Ham ace Pablo Fornals sat down for an exclusive interview with the club’s official website, and shared the message that Manuel Pellegrini gives him every single day.
The 23-year-old has struggled to settle in the Premier League, since joining the Hammers for £24 million in the summer (BBC Sport).
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Fornals seems to be completely off the pace. He has been used out on the left wing far too often, however.
The Spaniard lacks pace, and needs to be played centrally in order for him to flourish.
West Ham’s struggles this season also haven’t helped him. He will surely come good for the Hammers. All he needs is to score a goal or produce an impressive all-round performance.
And then we might start seeing the best of the former Villarreal man.
His confidence is obviously very low.
But Fornals told WHUFC.com how Manuel Pellegrini tries to remind him every day how much faith he has in him:
“The manager reminds me every single day of the confidence he has in me and that he believes in my ability. He tells me to continue to enjoy my football, be confident to have the ball at my feet and consistently produce good things that will make a difference on the pitch.”
This is a good move from Pellegrini. The Chilean has done a lot of things wrong during his reign as West Ham boss. But trying to inject some confidence into Fornals isn’t one of them.
Hopefully the Spaniard will come good for the Hammers. It might just be a long process for him, however, having moved from the more pedestrian paced La Liga just five months ago.