Danny Mills believes that West Ham manager David Moyes does not feel he can rely on attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals during their relegation battle.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the Scottish boss needs fight and grit from his players and that the Spaniard does not tick the necessary boxes.
The 23-year-old was left out of the squad completely for the Hammers’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night, having featured in all but one of their Premier League games prior.
Mills insists that there is a certain character of player Moyes will be looking for to help the Irons climb out of a relegation battle and that the summer signing is not that type of individual.
Asked what he thought of Fornals being left out on Wednesday, 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.”
Fornals has scored just twice and assisted three times in his 27 appearances for the Hammers, having played as an attacking midfielder, a winger and a central midfielder so far.
However, of his 24 Premier League outings, only 13 have come among the starting XI.