West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals has rightfully earned himself a call-up to the Spanish national team and his progression doesn’t stop here.
After joining West Ham for £24million back in 2019 from Villarreal, fans questioned the price tag of the relatively unknown Spanish playmaker.
However, since becoming a regular first team player under manager David Moyes, Fornals has turned into a fan favourite in east London.
Now the 25-year-old is fast progressing into a vital member of this West Ham team, and his good form has now helped him return to his beloved Spanish national side.
A substitute appearance for Spain in their 4-0 win against Georgia saw him impress on the international stage on Sunday, where he also grabbed a terrific assist during the build up to their fourth goal.
How has he improved?
Fornals has now made 79 appearances for the Hammers since arriving over two years ago. In that time he has scored 12 goals and produced 11 assists in the midfield/winger position.
However, it has not been his scoring form that has made him so popular with West Ham supporters. Rather his work rate, energy and fighting spirit on the pitch, something all fans love to see.
But having said this, his end product is gradually improving and is now becoming one of the main reasons as to why he has been able to step up his game to the next level.
In his past five competitive games, including our final day win against Southampton last season, Fornals has scored four goals and produced three assists.
The more goal contributions he offers the team, the more significant his role will be under David Moyes. As we have seen with him this season, if he adds good finishing and end product to his caliber of abilities he will significantly improve as a player.
How high can he go?
Earning a spot in the Spanish national team is an incredible achievement for the 25-year-old, considering the array of talent that manager Luis Enrique has on offer.
Only by continuing to improve his end product, Fornals can then go on to become a much better player. We have already seen him progress under David Moyes a vast amount over the past two seasons, and his potential can grow even more.
Our Europa League campaign will no doubt showcase his abilities on a bigger stage, as will his good performances for Spain in the years to come.