The second David Moyes era is up and running with a bang at West Ham United.
The Scotsman took charge of the club for the first time on New Year’s Day following a period in which he was out of football management for nearly eighteen months.
His appointment was far from a popular one but the result on Wednesday is likely to have strengthened his standing among the London Stadium faithful.
A 4-0 victory was just reward for an exciting performance from the clinical hosts, and naturally a handful of individuals were showered with praise in the aftermath of proceedings.
One of those players was creative midfielder Pablo Fornals, who has established himself as a regular in the starting XI in recent weeks.
Fans on Twitter were eager to pay tribute to his performance and didn’t hold back with their glowing praise.
What a top player we’ve got on our hands just needed time to adjust love his work rate
— Brad (@Bradley_Todd) January 2, 2020
Was class yesterday, gonna be one of our best players
— Basmati Busquets 🍚 (@BasmatiBusquet) January 2, 2020
@pablofornals Absolutely amazing today well done mate
— David ⚒⚒⚒ Tidman (@Davidtidman) January 1, 2020
Pablo Fornals has been brilliant. #WHUBOU
— JoshTappin (@JoshTappin91) January 1, 2020
Pablo Fornals best player at West Ham
— liam (@liamgrayy_) January 1, 2020
It’s not been a seamless transition into English football for Fornals since completing a £24m transfer in the summer but there is evidence to suggest he has turned a corner of late.
The Spaniard didn’t score or assist in his first 12 games for the club but after a period of acclimatisation he has scored one and assisted three in his last seven fixtures.
And this fan suggested that he has begun to find some form following a difficult opening to his career in east London.
Fornals has really found his feet, a bit of a diamond in the rough recently ⚒
— Hayden Evz (@HaydenEvz) January 2, 2020
Social media is a hub for hyperbole and one comment on the 23-year-old rather epitomised that trait.
An excited supporter suggested Fornals was showing shades of Andres Iniesta against the Cherries in a relatively tongue-in-cheek assessment of the Spanish playmaker.
Pablo Fornals turning into iniesta this decade
— Albey (@Albey_H) January 1, 2020
“Wand of a left foot”… West Ham fans were absolutely ecstatic with one man’s display against Bournemouth…