By Joe Ellis

19th Sep, 2022 | 5:36pm

West Ham United must drop Pablo Fornals for in-form Maxwel Cornet

West Ham United have found themselves in a very difficult position and they need every bit of inspiration to get themselves out of it.

They haven’t been shy to spend money over the summer with £170million worth of players walking through the doors at the London Stadium but it is largely still the same quota who start every game as they did last season.

Only Lucas Paqueta has made his way into the starting XI regularly with Thilo Kehrer in purely because of injuries elsewhere at centre-half but more of the summer recruits have to be trusted now.

Gianluca Scamacca might be the obvious one who needs to start much more often but it is actually Maxwel Cornet who could have the biggest impact on the side.

The Ivorian was signed for just £17.5million from Burnley thanks to a release clause in his contract and has shown in the Europa Conference League just how good he can be when he is given the chance.

He even excelled away at Stamford Bridge and would have equalised had VAR not intervened incorrectly in stoppage time but he still has to sit on the bench for Premier League games because David Moyes can’t drop Pablo Fornals.

But the Spaniard is not a true winger nor is he good enough to be starting every week in the Premier League so the Scot has to abandon his stance on him and drop him to the bench.

He started away at Everton on Sunday and looked completely out of sorts for much of the game as Nathan Patterson bossed him all afternoon.

That was until Cornet came on and injected some life into the game from the left-flank that was desperately needed for the Hammers.

West Ham need that energy from the start though so Moyes had better make some big decisions to keep his job safe.