Danny Mills has been left drooling over the potential of West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals and says the Spaniard needs more game time for the Hammers. 

The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 23-year-old is an “exciting” talent who could make a big difference once he acclimatises to the cut and thrust of the Premier League.

Fornals has played in every single one of the Irons’ eight top-flight games this season but only three of those outings have come among the starting XI.

Having seen the former Villareal man in and out of Manuel Pellegrini’s side across the season, Mills says that the attacking midfielder just needs more game time in the top flight to help him reach his full potential.

Mills told Football Insider: “It’s always good to see players with quality on the ball. You’ve got to get them the ball as often as possible and then go from there.

“The more they play, the better they get, the more they get used to the pace of the Premier League and everything else. A lot of these players will be a work in progress but when they do get on the ball they’re exciting to watch.”

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Fornals has been used in a variety of positions by Pellegrini since arriving in east London, operating as an attacking midfielder, a right or left-sided midfielder and even a more central option at times.

His only goal to date came in the 2-0 win over Newport County in the League Cup, while he is yet to provide an assist for the Irons.

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