David Moyes’ West Ham United side head into Tuesday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Watford in a disastrous run of form, with the Hammers having won just one of their last eight fixtures in all competitions.
The most recent of these was the 3-2 home defeat against Southampton on Sunday afternoon, a game in which practically all of the West Ham players who stepped onto the pitch had a performance to forget.
However, the display of Pablo Fornals was undoubtedly one of the worst on the day, with the £34m-rated midfielder offering next to nothing going forwards or in a defensive capacity against the Saints.
Indeed, over his 45 minutes on the pitch last weekend, the Spain international failed to take a single shot at the Saints’ goal, had only 26 touches of the ball – the second-lowest of any outfielder who started the game – completed just 58% of his attempted passes and failed to find his man with either his one attempted cross or one attempted long ball.
The £79k-per-week Spaniard also lost possession of the ball on 12 separate occasions, won just one of his three duels and was dribbled past by an opponent twice, with these returns seeing the 25-year-old receive a disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.3. Only Lukasz Fabianski earned a lower rating than the midfielder.
Meanwhile, Fornals’ half-time replacement Manuel Lanzini turned in a much better performance for the Irons, enjoying 62 touches of the ball, completing 46 of his 49 attempted passes (94%) – four of which were key passes – successfully completing all four of his attempted dribbles and winning four of his five duels.
These returns saw the 28-year-old receive an impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.3 for his efforts, ranking him as West Ham’s best performer on the day.
As such, with Moyes in desperate need of three points against Watford if he is to keep the Hammers in the top-four hunt going into the new year, the 58-year-old simply must axe the player who he once dubbed “incredible“, as a repeat of the Spaniard’s performance last time out could once again cost his side dearly.