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West Ham: Moyes must unleash Pablo Fornals

David Moyes unleashed a much-changed West Ham United side against FCSB on Thursday and the players repaid his faith by claiming a 3-0 win.

It was a night which saw Divin Mubama and Oliver Scarles both make their first-team debuts, and with qualification already secured, it was a comfortable night’s work by the Hammers.

Moyes will almost certainly make plenty of changes again for the Premier League match against Crystal Palace this afternoon, although the Scot must stick with Pablo Fornals for this match, especially after his performance against the Romanian side.

The £65k-per-week attacking midfielder had arguably his finest game of the season so far, receiving an impressive rating of 9.2/10 via SofaScore.

His performance was exactly what he needed and, along with scoring twice, Fornals had five shots in total, played two key passes and took 65 touches as he constantly sought to get involved in the action.

His pass success rate was 93% and he created a big chance during the match, putting in a spellbinding performance.

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Journalist Jim Munro claimed that Fornals was “back to his best” after Thursday night’s victory, and the onus is now on the Spaniard to replicate this performance in the Premier League, in which he hasn’t started since the defeat to Liverpool in mid-October.

An average SofaScore rating of 6.79/10 in the top flight proves that he finds it more difficult to showcase his talents, despite scoring once and completing 53% of his attempted dribbles.

Moyes has a plethora of riches in his attacking department this season, with the likes of Lucas Paqueta, Maxwel Cornet, and Said Benrahma all vying for places. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old Spaniard still remains “very important” to the club, according to journalist Paul Brown.

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With just three fixtures to go before the enforced World Cup hiatus, Fornals will be looking to build on his wonderful performance in midweek and go into the break with a renowned bout of confidence.

He may have left it too late to be included in Spain’s squad for the tournament, but he could become one of Moyes’ standout performers in the second half of the season if he translates his European form towards domestic improvement.

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