Pablo Fornals has admitted to struggling with the Premier League, having made his first competitive start for the Hammers against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Following the 1-1 draw, he was quoted on West Ham’s official website as saying: “It was very hard for me. I need to play more games to really understand the new game and my new team more.
“Many people talked about the characteristics of the Premier League, but you need to live these things to understand this league. It’s so hard, very difficult, and whatever team you play against in this league is very competitive.”
Fornals played 77 minutes for the Hammers before being brought off for Andriy Yarmolenko, being given an overall rating of 6.3 by WhoScored.
He struggled to make much of an impact on the match while he was on the pitch, with his one shot going off target.
The Spaniard didn’t really get on the ball much at all, with only Javier Hernandez and Jack Wilshere having less than Fornals’ 2.6% of the game’s overall possession, with Wilshere having gone off at half time.
He also only managed a pass success rate of 68%, a number which was only superior to those of Robert Snodgrass and Glenn Murray of all the outfielders who started the match.
It is understandable that Fornals will take a little bit of time to adapt to life in the Premier League, so it is not a worry that he has initially been a bit quiet.
Hopefully, as he goes along he will begin to make more of an impact until he becomes an integral player in the team and fulfils his potential – while it would have been helpful for him to hit the ground running, there is no need for panic to set in regarding his Premier League future.
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