Opinion: Inconsistent West Ham 24-year-old can be game-changer in 2020-21

West Ham United are on the hunt for new recruits ahead of the new season, but one of last summer’s signings could well be the breakthrough player for the club in 2020-21. 

Pablo Fornals was signed from Villarreal 12 months ago and the Hammers faithful were understandably excited about the prospect given the attacking midfielder’s feats in La Liga and for the Spanish under-21 side. 

As with many foreign players, Fornals has taken time to settle in England and it’s fair to say the Spaniard has not shown his best form for West Ham as yet. 

The 24-year-old featured in 36 Premier League games last term, starting 24 – he scored twice and provided five assists for the Hammers in 2019-20. 

There is certainly room for improvement and despite an inconsistent start to life at West Ham, Fornals has shown signs that he can be a class act for the club. 

The Spaniard’s vision and eye for a killer ball have been evident – with an intense Hammers pre-season under his belt and having bedded down in his new environment, here’s hoping the playmaker can be more effective next season. 

David Moyes’ West Ham side has lacked invention in midfield at times in the recent past – Fornals is the man to provide it. 

Getting the Spaniard on the ball between the lines can unlock the pace and power of Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio and the Hammers forward line. 

Here’s hoping he can stay fit and make a positive impression in 2020-21.