By Saikat Mandal

21st Feb, 2022 | 10:00pm

Pablo Fornals comments on West Ham scoring issues

Pablo Fornals has suggested that West Ham forwards need to score more goals after yet another poor result.

David Moyes has urged his attacking players to find a new gear, and Fornals has suggested that the Hammers boss is right with his assessment.

The Spaniard made a flying start along with Michail Antonio, but both the players have made little impact in recent months in terms of output.

He said to The Evening Standard: “If I knew that obviously I would try to change but the gaffer is totally right. We have to start scoring more goals or try to defend a bit better when we have a goal at least.”

Worrying signs

Fornals has managed just one goal in his last 13 games in the Premier League, while striker Antonio has got two from his last 17 games.

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The Hammers are aiming for the top-four spot, but their performances in recent months have been below par. They are heavily reliant on Jarrod Bowen who is enjoying the form of his life.

Against the Magpies, he had a quiet day along with Declan Rice, and the whole team underperformed, as a result.

The failure to sign a striker in the January transfer window could come back to haunt Moyes’s side. The players have looked tired, both mentally and physically, while it seems Moyes is lacking a plan B option.

Fornals was impressive though against the Magpies but there were not enough clear-cut openings. He brings energy and industry in midfield, and probably Moyes should consider pairing him with Declan Rice in midfield.

In other West Ham news, the club should have signed Wout Weghorst in January – Alex Crook.