Manuel Pellegrini is privately concerned about Pablo Fornals’ early form West Ham, according to Football Insider.
The news outlet claims that while Pellegrini has dismissed his concerns in public, he and the West Ham coaching staff are worried that the 23-year-0ld is too weak for English football and is being bullied by opponents in the Premier League.
However it is understood that they do see the potential in Fornals and Pellegrini is willing to work hard to prove why the club spent so much money on the £24million summer signing.
Fornals has really struggled in the opening weeks of the Premier League season. He has made 11 appearances in all competitions but is yet to register a goal or assist in the Premier League, where he has mainly been used on the wings by Pellegrini. In his final season at Villarreal before the summer switch to the London Stadium, Fornals was played more centrally in the attacking midfield area. Maybe this is why we are yet to see the best from Fornals? According to stats by WhoScored, the Spaniard has averaged fewer key passes per league appearance [0.6] than eight other players, including Mark Noble, Arthur Masuaku and Michail Antonio. Fornals is also averaging fewer shots at goal [1.2] than left-back Aaron Cresswell. He simply isn’t doing enough in the attacking third of the pitch to help West Ham score the goals they need. Pellegrini needs to try starting Fornals in the number 10 role but that would mean dropping Manuel Lanzini. Although, the Argentine’s form has not been the best lately either.