West Ham’s Pablo Fornals is yet to open his account in the Premier League.
Injuries haven’t helped West Ham this season and the story continues. Lukasz Fabianski tore his hip muscle in West Ham’s clash against Bournemouth over a month ago. The Pole’s absence has cost the Hammers big time, especially in the last two games where second-choice keeper Roberto has made a few questionable decisions.
Manuel Lanzini joined Fabianski in the treatment room after fracturing his collar bone in the game against Burnley on Saturday. The Argentine is expected to miss the rest of this year which is a huge blow for the Hammers considering their difficult run until the end of December.
Choosing the right player at number 10 has been tricky for Manuel Pellegrini but Lanzini’s injury could well simplify the problem. The Hammers have used Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Robert Snodgrass behind the striker but none of them have had a consistent run of games in the same position.
With Snodgrass a lot better on the wings, Pellegrini should turn to Fornals to start regularly in attacking midfield and that could have a positive effect on West Ham’s performances in the next months. The Spaniard has struggled out wide this season despite excelling there for Villarreal last season.
Fornals will have more time on the ball centrally and the movement of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastien Haller up top will give the Spaniard more options to choose from in attack.
The first season in the Premier League for a foreign player is always difficult irrespective of how good he is. Fornals, still only 23, will surely come good for the Hammers and that process could well be accelerated if Pellegrini starts him regularly as a number 10 in the next few games.