Fornals, 23, joined the Irons from Villarreal this week in a deal widely reported to be worth £24million and before his switch to the London Stadium was made official, Spanish football expert Balague offered his insight on the attacking midfielder.
According to what Balague wrote via his personal Twitter account this week, Fornals is the kind of player who will get fans on their feet next term.
Balague even claimed that Fornals is a similar type of midfielder to what you would expect to see at Barcelona.
“Brilliant signing, 23yo. In the mould of a FCB (Barcelona) midfielder, genius in the pass, drives the ball with quality. Big gaps in concentration without ball but can be added to his game. Winning mentality,” the pundit said.
On Fornals (who might be confirmed as a new @WestHamUtd player soon, around £24m). Brilliant signing, 23yo. In the mould of a FCB midfielder, genius in the pass, drives the ball with quality. Big gaps in concentration without ball but can be added to his game. Winning mentality pic.twitter.com/BLLvuTWHrk
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 12, 2019
If that isn’t enough to get West Ham fans excited about their new addition, then nothing is.
Fornals played well for Villarreal last season in what was a tough campaign for the La Liga outfit.
He scored five goals and supplied six assists in 50 appearances across all competitions as the Yellow Submarine reached the Europa League quarter-finals and stumbled to a 14th-placed finish in the league.
Although it was not a great campaign for Villarreal, Fornals has still managed to stand out and to have someone like Balague say that you’re similar to the midfielders at Barcelona, that is very high praise indeed.
It remains to be seen how the former Malaga player will slot into Manuel Pellegrini’s system at the London Stadium.
He is a central attacking midfielder by trade but can also play on either wing, so Pellegrini may find a way to include both him and Manuel Lanzini in the same side.
However based on Balague’s assessment, Fornals might be an upgrade on Lanzini so the Argentine could even be forced down to the bench if the Hammers’ latest addition starts life in the Premier League in red-hot form.