Fornals’ West Ham stint
West Ham secured the services of Pablo Fornals from Villarreal last summer.
The Hammers are believed to have paid £24m for the Spanish midfielder.
In total, Fornals has made 30 appearances across all competitions since moving to London.
However, both West Ham and Fornals have had a rather disappointing 2019/20.
Before the season was halted due to COVID-19, West Ham were sat 16th in the Premier League table, only above the relegation zone due to goal difference.
As for Fornals, he has endured a rather slow start to life in England.
In fact, despite featuring fairly heavily from the get-go this season, it took Fornals until the 30th of November to register a goal contribution in the Premier League, when he provided an assist as West Ham picked up a 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Fornals eyeing improvement
To his credit, though, Fornals did start to show signs of improvement in the second-half of the campaign.
And before the season was halted, the Spanish international had scored one and assisted two in his last three league appearances.
Now, speaking to Sky Sports, Fornals has been discussing his stint in England so far.
The 24-year-old admitted that he needed a few months to adapt to life in the Premier League, whilst also claiming that the intensity of the English game makes it ‘very hard’:
“I needed a few months but I think now I have been having good games, creating good chances and scoring goals.
“I was really feeling good and excited (before the season was suspended) because I was playing well.
“I come from a small town, a small city, so London for me is like a whole country!
“The intensity in England is very hard. The people here prefer you to attack every time, pass the ball, control the games.
“I think it’s the English football culture and it’s one of the things that makes this league one of the best in the world – the aggression of the players, the chances in every game, so I’m happy to learn about these kinds of things.
“I recommend to all Spanish players to come here and learn about these things. You can’t explain to anybody the intensity of this league and this culture, you need to see it (for yourself).
West Ham fans will be glad to hear, though, that Fornals is confident the current campaign will not prove to be his best in England:
“I’m confident that 2019/20 will not be my best season in England. I want to show our fans that what people saw this year is not the real Pablo Fornals – I can do better.”
Quotes via Sky Sports News.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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