West Ham United recorded a vital 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers with both sides chasing European qualification for next season.
Tomas Soucek’s second-half strike proved the difference between the two sides as the Hammers climbed to fifth in the Premier League table whilst Wolves remain eighth.
Although the Czech Republic international will get plenty of praise for scoring the decisive goal, teammate Pablo Fornals had an excellent afternoon for the Hammers and looked as though he could be getting back to his best at the perfect time for West Ham.
The Spaniard started the campaign excellently, scoring four goals and assisting two in his first 11 league appearances of the season, but has just one goal in almost four months of Premier League action.
Although he didn’t score or assist against Bruno Lage’s side, the attacking midfielder was certainly influential.
Moreover, the livewire enjoyed an 80% passing accuracy alongside making two key passes and successfully completing three of four attempted dribbles.
However, it was the wide man’s defensive contribution that was so impressive, with the 26-year-old making five tackles and two interceptions whilst winning 75% of his duels as West Ham kept their seventh clean sheet of the Premier League season.
It would’ve certainly been pleasing for Moyes to see a player with plenty of potential look back to his best after a tricky run in the side that has seen little goal contributions.
Since joining the East London outfit from La Liga side Villareal in 2019, Fornals has had a mixed spell in the English capital, making 111 appearances in all competitions whilst scoring 15 goals and assisting 14, a goal contribution every 3.83 matches.
Now, Moyes will want to see more goals from the Spaniard, an area that’s clearly been lacking in the three seasons at The London Stadium.
The Hammers have a crucial handful of weeks coming up, with Sunday’s win over Wolves a great way to kick-start that run. Following an FA Cup fifth-round clash at Southampton on Wednesday night, the Irons take on Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham in the Premier League as well as two legs against Sevilla in the Europa League round of 16, all before April.
Therefore, the Scotsman will be desperate for his offensive-minded players, such as Fornals, to contribute strong performances. Moreover, there is a particular emphasis on goal scoring with Michail Antonio the club’s only senior striker and as a result goals will have to come from other avenues if the Hammers are to be successful.