Pablo Fornals spoke to WHUFC.com after West Ham drew 0-0 with Southampton and made a worrying admission regarding international football.
The 25-year-old Hammers star was recently selected for the Spain national squad.
And Fornals made a huge impression for his country, bagging a goal and an assist in two games.
The former Villarreal ace has established himself as a hugely important player for West Ham over the past year or so.
His inclusion in the Spain national squad is great for him on a personal level and very much deserved.
But it could be argued that it isn’t great for the Hammers.
Pablo Fornals makes worrying admission
West Ham boss David Moyes would have been slightly concerned with how leggy his team looked against Southampton on Saturday.
And Fornals offered a possible reason as to why that was the case, when speaking to WHUFC.com:
“Yeah, we have been two weeks without each other, with a lot of players with their international teams, so we just trained together for two days, but it’s going to happen. We’re a great team, we have really good players and of course we’re going to be selected for countries and we have to understand that and try to keep the same moves when we return.”
West Ham haven’t had to worry about a plethora players going off for international duty in the past. We simply never had that many international players.
That has all changed now, however.
David Moyes’s Hammers squad now consists of 12 regular internationals.
Alphonse Areola, Darren Randolph, Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Alex Kral, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Nikola Vlasic, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko are all nigh on guaranteed to be selected for their respective countries.
You could even add Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku and Manuel Lanzini to that list of names.
Losing those players for three separate periods throughout the season is something we will need to get used to and adjust to…quickly.
Pablo Fornals at his best:
Hopefully as the season goes on, the West Ham players will slowly become more comfortable with the rigours of mixing Premier League football with international duty.