This article is part of Football FanCast’s Opinion series, which provides analysis, insight and opinion on any issue within the beautiful game, from Paul Pogba’s haircuts to League Two relegation battles…
Aaron Cresswell’s goal against Chelsea was pretty massive for West Ham United, as it put an end to an eight-game run without a win in all competitions.
The left-back cut across Reece James, before curling the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga, sparking pandemonium in the West Ham end, before being rushed by the delighted Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass.
He may not have been at the forefront of the celebrations, but this was also an important moment for Pablo Fornals.
Since joining in the summer, the Spaniard had been pretty underwhelming in claret and blue, with very little coming off for him and it had seemed as though the lack of success was taking its toll on the midfielder.
The 23-year-old had not made a single goal contribution in the Premier League before the game at Stamford Bridge, but Cresswell’s strike changed that, in what was Fornals’ 13th league game this term.
It was nothing spectacular from the Spaniard, as he received the ball from Felipe Anderson near the edge of the box, taking a touch and laying it off to the overlapping full-back – that isn’t the point though, it came off and that is what matters.
There have been so many times where his passes have come to absolutely nothing, or he has looked too scared to play forward so simply passed the ball backwards.
That wasn’t the case here though and as the ball hit the back of the net, Fornals threw his arms up in the air in jubilation.
The hope is that this will have lifted a burden off the Spaniard’s shoulders, allowing him to go out and express himself more, further adding to that assist.
In other news, West Ham fans were especially delighted for one man after the Chelsea win.