West Ham United were embarrassingly dumped out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, losing 4-0 to League One outfit Oxford United.
The Hammers went into the game with confidence sky-high having defeated Manchester United at the weekend.
Several changes from boss Manuel Pellegrini hampered any chance of the Hammers progressing as they turned in a vastly disjointed performance.
One player who is perhaps feeling the heat of English football is summer signing Pablo Fornals.
The 23-year-old played 90 minutes at the Kassam Stadium and didn’t cover himself in glory.
Fornals signed for the Hammers from Villarreal during the summer, costing the club £24 million (The Guardian).
He did score in the previous round of the League Cup away at Newport County but so far he is yet to contribute to a goal in the Premier League.
Fornals has only started twice in the league, making substitute appearances in the club’s other Premier League games.
Although still relatively young, West Ham fans will hope to see Fornals weighing in with goals and assists sooner rather than later.
He didn’t come cheap and although the Premier League is a demanding environment, he isn’t yet showing the promise that was expected from supporters.
Fornals has two Spain caps and it’s fair to say that they aren’t handed out like confetti. He can quite clearly play and in time it seems certain that he will be a big player for the Hammers.
The longer his barren spell goes on in the way of goal contributions goes on, the more frustrated the West Ham supporters will grow; especially given the money forked out for him.
Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton, Sheffield United, Newcastle and Burnley are West Ham’s next six games and they look ideal fixtures for Fornals to finally ignite his Hammers career.