Sources: Demoted West Ham player set for extended run in XI as Moyes makes up mind
Pablo Fornals is set to be given an extended run in the West Ham team after winning over David Moyes, Football Insider understands.
The attacking midfielder had started to find his feet under ex-boss Manuel Pellegrini after a slow start to life at the Londoners before being demoted by Moyes.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the Scot has been increasingly impressed by Fornals’ productivity and his last two showings have convinced him to start the Spaniard regularly this month.
The 24-year-old is set for an extended run in the side at a time when January arrival Tomas Soucek is out with a muscle injury.
Fornals came off the bench at half-time in last Monday’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool to put his side ahead in the second period.
He built on that lively performance with an even more effective one in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Southampton.
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The playmaker set up West Ham’s first and final goals to lift his assists tally for the season to five.
Fornals has also scored three times from his 29 matches in all competitions, with two of those coming in the Premier League.
Yet, he has started less than half of the Hammers league matches – 12 – and Saturday was the first time he had made the starting line-up in the competition since the mid-January draw against Everton.
Fornals joined West Ham from Villarreal last summer for a fee of around £24million.
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