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West Ham: Journalist expects Pablo Fornals recall

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West Ham United manager David Moyes will recall Pablo Fornals for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Burnley, The Evening Standard‘s Jack Rosser has predicted. 

The lowdown

The Irons travel to Turf Moor looking to re-establish the three-point gap between themselves and Manchester United in the race for the top four. They beat title-chasing Chelsea 3-2 last time out, but did lose Kurt Zouma and Ben Johnson to injury.

Fornals had started every single Premier League game prior to that London derby, and Sky Sports co-commentator Tony Gale has declared him a ‘workaholic’ with ‘phenomenal’ fitness levels.

The latest

Rosser’s predicted line-up features two changes from the one which beat Chelsea.

Arthur Masuaku, scorer of the winning goal against the Blues, replaces Johnson at left wing-back in the 3-4-2-1 system.

With Declan Rice shifted into the back three, Manuel Lanzini drops into a deeper midfield berth. That leaves one of the two slots behind Michail Antonio vacant for Fornals to occupy.

The verdict

It would be no surprise to see Fornals earn a recall. According to WhoScored, he has been the Hammers’ fourth-best performer this season with an average rating of 6.98/10.

Only Antonio has bettered his record of four goals and 1.5 key passes per 90 minutes, while the £67.3k-per-week attacking midfielder contributes defensively too by averaging 1.6 tackles per game, which puts him fifth in the Irons’ ranks.

It will be interesting to see how he performs in Rosser’s mooted 3-4-2-1 system, though, given that all his previous starts this term have come in a 4-2-3-1.

In other news, West Ham are willing to fork out £17m to land this target

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