Paul Robinson has slammed West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals, claiming that you would “expect better” from a player of his capabilities.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one suggested that the Spaniard has been underwhelming since arriving in east London over the summer, and that he has yet to justify his price tag.
The Hammers bought the 23-year-old from Villarreal for a fee of around £25 million after he impressed immensely in the U21 European Championships, producing two goals and an assist in three starts.
But Robinson believes that Fornals needs to do more to convince David Moyes that he deserves a regular spot in his starting lineup.
“He [Fornals] has been disappointing and you’d expect better,” the former Leeds United stopper told Football Insider.
“At times you actually forget the amount of money that they paid for him and the expectation that he came in with.
“But you can tell that David Moyes isn’t going to stand for average or mediocrity.”
Fornals has registered two goals and three assists in 25 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions this season, with just one strike in 22 outings in the Premier League.
The playmaker has started just two matches for the Irons since Moyes returned to the club, only completing 90 minutes once, and was hauled off at half-time during yesterday’s disappointing 1-0 FA Cup to Championship leaders West Brom.
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