Pablo fully focused on Prague

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 29th May 2023

Pablo Fornals says he is mentally prepared for missing out on a Conference League Final spot - but says he would be happy to play and role.

The Spanish midfielder has returned to form in recent weeks while scoring against AZ Alkmaar and Leicester City - while being roundly praised by David Moyes for his latest performances.

And while the 27-year-old understands his renaissance may have began too late to secure a berth in the starting line up, he nonetheless hopes to be involved in some capacity - however minor that may be.

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"I think my job is there," he told West Ham's website. "As always I try, but now we are a team and whoever plays in the game [against Fiorentina] is going to give one thousand per cent. So even if it’s not from the beginning, I will help the team in any position the manager asks me [to play].

"Now we need to be focused on that, to try to make it possible," he added. "We can’t say anything to the supporters if they’re not happy [about the league campaign] because we’re not happy either, but we’re going to play the Final and this can change this season. We have to try to focus on that and make it possible."

And with regards to his latest goal - which saw Fornals cut inside and fire home via the post, whilst surrounded by Leicester defenders - he added: "The defenders were closing in so that was the only space I could shoot. The ball hit the post and you never know what can happen then, but thank God it went in.

"At that moment, you don’t want someone trying to tackle you, lose the ball or being caught, so I just went inside with determination and tried to find the angle for my shot."

Should he be offered a spot in next week's starting line-up, there will be few supporters who would say the hugely-popular Fornals doesn't deserve it.

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