Liam Rosenior revealed he had been blown away by West Ham playmaker Pablo Fornals while watching him at the U-21’s European Championships.
Rosenior revealed he thought the Hammers may have an absolute steal on their hands regarding Fornals after spending £24million on signing him from La Liga side Villarreal (Source: BBC).
“They should be excited (West Ham fans to see Fornals) especially from what I’ve seen at this tournament (Euro U21s), he seems like the complete midfield player,” said Rosenior on Sky Sports News (Sunday, June 30th, 17:34)
“He can score goals, he can link play, he can make assists he has got fantastic technique and I think everyone involved at West Ham can’t wait for him to join the club in pre-season.
“Look at this strike here (clip plays) it’s absolutely incredible and he can do that on a regular basis, in this tournament he has been one of the standouts.
“Very clever to get him before the tournament was done, credit to all the recruitment staff at West Ham as I think they’ve got an absolute steal on their hands.”
Excitement is already building around Fornals ahead of the new season, and Rosenior’s remarks are just going to keep the hype train going. The pundit clearly believes the 23-year-old midfielder is worth all the hype and it’s huge praise to call him a complete midfielder when you consider his age. However, it’s easy to see why Rosenior has been impressed with Fornals at the European U21’s tournament as he has been in fine form. The playmaker has scored two goals, while assisting one, in the four outings he has made at the tournament for Spain’s U-21s and has averaged a match rating of 7.93 (Source: WhoScored). Fornals has averaged a very impressive three shots per game and maintained an impressive pass success rate, it currently stands at 87.9%, during the tournament and if he can be that influence on the Hammers’ attack upon arriving; he’ll be an instant success. The only balloon popping moment in relation to Hammers fans getting exciting about him is that they may have to wait to see him feature for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as he’ll likely miss the start of pre-season due to the Euro U-21s.