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Pablo Fornals pictured working hard in West Ham training ahead of Liverpool after David Moyes snub
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Pablo Fornals pictured working hard in West Ham training ahead of Liverpool after David Moyes snub

West Ham United travel to Anfield for a daunting match against champions elect Liverpool on Monday night.

West Ham boss David Moyes has been heavily criticised this week.

The Scot was an unpopular choice amongst fans when he was re-appointed to replace Manuel Pellegrini in December.

And one win in eight Premier League games since tells its own story.

The Hammers are deep in the relegation mire with 12 games to go.

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Moyes slammed for negative approach

With Liverpool up next, things could get worse before they promise to get any better.

Moyes was slammed by fans and pundits for his negative approach to the defeat at Manchester City last time out.

West Ham were set up for damage limitation. In that respect it worked as they were only beaten 2-0.

But City have been vulnerable defensively this season, particularly at home of late. And many fans and pundits felt Moyes made the wrong call and should have gone for it.

The West Ham boss has also been criticised for his treatment of Pablo Fornals.

When Moyes arrived back in East London, Fornals had been West Ham’s best player for the best part of two months.

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Fornals frozen out

But he has been frozen out by the Scot and the £24million was even left out of the squad entirely for the dismal defeat at the Etihad.

Moyes was forced to defend his decision when questioned in his pre-Liverpool press conference.

“Everyone is disappointed when they aren’t included but it was the first time since I have been back here that we have had options to bring off the bench, it was Pablo on this occasion but it might not be the next time,” Moyes told the press (Football London).

“His training has been very good but we felt we had other options and he was the one who missed out.”

Well there were no signs of any sulking from the Spaniard ahead of the Liverpool clash.

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No sulking as Spaniard pictured training hard

Fornals was pictured hard at work during training ahead of the game (above and below).

Judging by Moyes’s comments that won’t necessarily mean he will win back his place in the squad.

The snub does seem bizarre given Moyes has been preaching hard work and Fornals is one of West Ham’s hardest working players.

The Spaniard boasts an impressive pass completion rate of 79.5% and has racked up three goals and three assists in 28 appearances in all competitions for West Ham this season (Who Scored).

In those outings, he has made an average of 0.5 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game. Fornals also puts in a shift defensively, averaging 1.3 tackles per game (Who Scored).

The former Villarreal man has absolutely work his socks off when he has played for the Hammers this season.

And Moyes must surely consider bringing him back into the fray for Monday’s trip to Liverpool.

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