Hammer Fornals a better bet than Lingard


The Pablo Fornals scenario continues to create reaction with the firm possibility of the player leaving occupying minds!


And Claret and Hugh Facebook follower David Rowsell has made a particularly good point about that asking why the talks of signing Jesse Lingard continue whilst there is now a very clear chance of Pablo leaving.

He asks: “What on earth is going on?”

It’s a very reasonable question given the length of time the former Manchester United player has now been training with the Hammers.

As we have reported, Sevilla are very keen to sign the Hammers Spanish midfielder on a pre-contract in January which would see us lose all of the £20 odd million we paid for him.

Yet at the same time here we are a month into the season and it seems from all the manager has said that Lingard is starting to look a real possibility.

Fornals is younger, match fit and always put in a shift – surely he is the better bet!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Good Old Daze says:

    Totally agree. Great member of the squad and a good player. Lingard’s earlier ‘second home’ comment must surely mean his first home is near the City Ground on the banks of the Trent.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Absolutely agree. Lingard, for all he did for us in those few weeks two years ago, when he was trying to impress Man U btw, he never did it before, or since, could not hold a place in either Man U or Forest team. His ego belies his ability and age. He also has never wanted us except as a backstop option. Fornals? Chalk and cheese, our player, heart and soul, not a great scorer but a real skilled grafter, already here and ours to lose by carelessness. No brainer.

  • Eug says:

    I don’t think signing J€$$i is a good idea at all. We have the happiest and most talented squad of players we have had for a long time. When and if he is going to play he will either be taking the place of one of the talented new recruits or one of the up and coming youngsters trying to make the leap from under 21 to the full team. He cannot play in the group stages of the Europa League so we be taking up a place in the Premier League or the two domestic cups. I would much rather see players like Fornals, Cornet, Benrahma from the first team squad and Lewis Orford, George Earthy, Callum Marshall & Kanarai Swyer from the Development Squad. Sorry J€$$i Thanks but NO thanks

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