West Ham United playmaker Pablo Fornals has suggested he has a way to go before feeling totally comfortable in English football.
The Spaniard was handed his first start by Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday for the game against Brighton, which finished 1-1 at the Amex Stadium.
It was an indifferent afternoon for Fornals, who was substituted towards the end for the returning Andriy Yarmolenko.
The £24 million signing from Villarreal is clearly a talent but undoubtedly needs to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League.
Speaking about his time at the club so far, he said (via the club’s official website): “This is all new for me. It is a new league, a new experience, new stadiums and new rivals. It was a great match, a hard match and I’m happy for my first point in this league.
“It was very hard for me. I need to play more games to really understand the new game and my new team more.
“Many people talked about the characteristics of the Premier League, but you need to live these things to understand this league. It’s so hard, very difficult, and whatever team you play against in this league is very competitive.”
Fornals won’t be the last player to be shocked by the intensity of the Premier League.
West Ham have a huge talent on their hands and fans must be patient as he continues to settle in.
Once he gets used to his new surroundings, the skilful technician could really help the Hammers tick in the final third.