Former England right-back Danny Mills has suggested that Pablo Fornals isn’t the type of player David Moyes will want in his team as they fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The Hammers are currently languishing in the bottom three with just 12 matches left to play (BBC Sport) and they cannot buy a win at the moment having not picked up three points in any of their last five outings (Transfermarkt).
That is despite the east London outfit having some talented players in their squad such as Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Sebastien Haller and of course Fornals, who joined the club for £24 million last summer (BBC Sport). The 23-year-old is a highly rated young player who excelled at the under-21 European Championship in the summer, playing in all five of Spain’s games as they won the title, scoring two goals and providing an assist along the way (Transfermarkt).
However, according to Mills he isn’t the kind of player that Moyes will feel that he can rely on as he is the wrong type of character for a relegation scrap.
When discussing Fornals and his position in the team, Mills told Football Insider: “I think David Moyes now wants players that are prepared to fight, scrap, kick, do everything they possibly can to get themselves out of trouble.
“Pablo Fornals is not necessarily one of those type of players. Where they are, it’s not about ability any more. It’s now purely about fight, determination, spirit and desire.
“Of course you need Premier League ability but they’re all Premier League players. It’s that fight, determination and spirit they need right now.”
Mills has a point here and it does actually seem as though Moyes doesn’t think that Fornals is up for the relegation fight.
Indeed, the Spaniard has started just two of the seven Premier League games that the former Everton boss has overseen and he wasn’t even in the matchday squad for their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday (Transfermarkt).
That, combined with the fact that Anderson, Haller and Manuel Lanzini were all benched against the champions (BBC Sport) shows that flair players aren’t what Moyes wants in his team at the moment. Seemingly, he wants players used to fighting and scrapping, which is reflected in his team selection when you see the likes of Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass and Declan Rice all regularly starting.
However, given that the Hammers slumped to defeat without even taking a shot on target against City (BBC Sport), it may be that Moyes needs to change his approach to get results going forward and play some of their attacking players.
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