West Ham boss David Moyes addressed the media today, and delivered an explanation for Pablo Fornals’ absence from the squad against Manchester City on Wednesday night, as quoted by Football.London.
The Spaniard hasn’t played much Premier League football since Moyes took charge of the Hammers on December 29th. Just 229 minutes in fact.
It is a really strange situation, because the 23-year-old was arguably West Ham’s best player for the last two months of Manuel Pellegrini’s reign at the London Stadium.
Fornals joined West Ham from Villarreal in the summer of 2019 for around £24 million (BBC).
He made a slow start to life in east London, but he began to find his feet around October time.
Moyes has often preferred Manuel Lanzini to the Spanish play-maker, however.
And Fornals was left out of the squad all together for Wednesday night’s trip to Manchester City.
Moyes told Football.London today the reasoning behind that decision:
“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. His training has been very good but we felt we had other options and he was the one who missed out.”
Midfielder is one of the Hammers’ hardest working players
Fornals has racked up three goals and three assists in 28 appearances in all competitions for West Ham this season (Who Scored).
In 24 Premier League games, the Spaniard boasts an impressive pass completion rate of 79.5% (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.