Pablo Fornals joins West Ham Utd this season for a fee worth £25.20 million from Spanish club Villareal.
The 23-year-old comes in with loads of praise and potential as he transitions his game from La Liga to the Premier League.
Fornals is described as a technically gifted attacking midfielder who is versatile enough to play on the left or right side of the pitch. He has the ability to take on players while creating space for a key pass or shot on goal.
West Ham clearly needed a creative player to take control of the ball in the attacking half of the pitch, but can he transition to the more aggressive EPL style of play this year and become an effective piece for Pellegrini? Let’s find out..
Fornals best season came in 17/18 when he scored 3 goals and added 12 assists.
Last season his productivity took a bit of a dip from a statistical standpoint, but he was still a vital part of Villareal during the La Liga campaign and Europa League season.
Villareal were eventually knocked out by Valencia in Europa, but Fornals finished with 3 goals and 3 assists in 10 appearances throughout the tournament.
Europa League experience is important for a team like West Ham who are looking to get into the same competition next year.
Recently, Fornals was included in the Spain’s Under-21 National Team squad that dominated and went on to win the 2019 Euro Cup. Pablo managed 2 goals and 1 assist in 5 appearances.
His impressive displays for Spain caught the attention of many managers and fans alike, signalling that his time at Villareal could be coming to an end.
West Ham have a plethora of midfielders in the squad now, but none are as gifted at distributing the ball as Fornals.
Manual Pellegrini has a proper creative midfielder that he can position in the number 10 role beside Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio. That combination alone can really cause some havoc against weaker defensive teams.
“…we believe he will bring a different dimension and a srtong mentality to the team.” – Pellegrini on Pablo Fornals
FPL Star or FPL Dud?
Pablo Fornals comes into the FPL season priced at £6.5 – a little high for a newcomer to the league in my opinion but, that doesn’t mean he won’t provide good FPL value.
The upside is that he will likely be slotted right into the starting 11, almost guaranteeing plenty of playing time to get familiar with his new team mates and surrounding.
With Felipe Anderson and Antonio on each side of Fornals, we could see some impressive ball movement and fresh chemistry.
I predict Chicharito will benefit from Fornals’ vision the most. If they can create a good partnership, then look for both players to benefit from an FPL standpoint.
If West Ham can get off to a good start in the league, then look for Fornals to be a focal point of the team. He has the ability and potential to be exactly what The Hammers are looking for.