This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
There was plenty of excitement when Pablo Fornals joined West Ham United in the summer, especially following his performances at the U21 Euros.
During the tournament, he amassed 2 goals and 1 assist from 3 starts and 2 substitute appearances, including an eye-catching hit against Belgium, as the Spaniards went on to lift the trophy.
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However, that form has not been translated at London Stadium at all, as indicated by the statistics below:
The 23-year-old has shown an ability to keep the ball, maintaining a pass success rate of 82.8%, though he is struggling to do anything of note with it as has been shown across his 5 starts and 6 substitute appearances.
This is a big problem, as West Ham described him as a “creative, technically-gifted playmaker” following the announcement of his arrival.
A positive from his performances is that he has shown a willingness to work for the team, averaging 0.9 tackles per game, despite being dribbled past 0.5 times on average.
It says a lot about the 23-year-old’s time at the Hammers so far that his only goal contribution came against Newport County in the Carabao Cup, when he bundled the ball in from inside the six-yard box.
The Spain international now has a chance to get more game time and turn things around, with Manuel Lanzini’s injury meaning he has less competition for places in the team in the coming months.
To start that against Tottenham Hotspur would be a brilliant way to get Hammers fans excited about him again.