Hammers midfielder ready for Clarets


Pablo Fornals in West Ham training

Hammers midfielder Pablo Fornals is ready for the Clarets and will be looking for a place in the starting line-up tomorrow after an international break which may have helped to freshen the squad up. Those not involved have had time off with family and after the hectic programme in which the Hammers have been involved the 27 year old Spaniard believes the squad may now be rested and ready for the game at Burnley. Almost unbelievably the Hammers face 10 games between this weekend at the New Year and it seems certain that the midfielder will be required at various stages despite being down the pecking order in recent months.

He told “For me, personally, it has been a nice international break. A lot of the lads have had a chance to rest and recuperate a bit, and a few of the boys have been away representing their countries too. Those of us who stayed had the chance to have a couple of days off, which were really nice. 

“We’ve been playing loads of games in the early part of the season, with Europe too, and that’s a real positive because it shows how well we’ve been doing. But the chance to rest was good as well.

“Now we’re in a run from now until maybe mid-January where we’re playing a lot of matches, so I think a little break was really important to making sure we are ready for that.”

With no midweek fixture David Moyes and his coaching staff have been able to offer an in-depth assessment of this weekend’s opponents for the squad. Mixed in with a comprehensive training programme, Fornals believes the team are in the best shape possible to take on Vincent Kompany’s Clarets.

He added: “It was important for us to really get training right this week. After the Burnley game, we will only have two or three training sessions between our matches.

“It’s a compressed schedule so having the chance to take a bit more time before a match like Burnley gives us that time to make sure each of the concepts are clear in our head. Hopefully that can lead to a very good game from us.”

Pablo Fornals working on the training ground with Maxwel Cornet and Thilo Kehrer

Despite their position, Fornals is anticipating a tricky test from Burnley on Saturday.

“I know they’ve not had the best start to the season and have struggled a bit for points, but you can see what they are trying to do. They treat the ball well and want to play good football. They have a consistent philosophy that has worked for them. 

“We need to go there, implement our style and play our way. We want to come back from Turf Moor with the three points. It’s not an easy place to go. Yes, there have been some changes up there but it’s still a very difficult place to go.”

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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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