Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals says West Ham United have “made a step up” this season and have enough quality to “keep going up the table”, talking to the club’s official website.
West Ham have collected 11 points from a difficult-looking opening eight games in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals and keeping three clean sheets.
If you include the final seven matches of last season, the Irons have lost only four of their last 15 Premier League games.
Fornals said: “After lock-down, if we hadn’t started to win games, we’d have been in the Championship. So the mentality of all the guys during lock-down and in the games after the restart was brilliant.
“Now, we are just continuing with this mentality and trying to be better than last season.”
With the Premier League this season seeing a number of teams fighting for European qualification, Fornals said his experience with Villarreal means he isn’t afraid to dream of repeating his achievement with West Ham.
He said: “I think we made a step up, fighting with unbelievable teams in the last few games. For that reason we are in a comfortable position. But we have enough quality and belief to keep going up the table.
“When I played in Villarreal, in my first season there we qualified for the UEFA Europa League. It’s an incredible feeling to play in European competition and try to fight for some trophies.
“After the last few years we’ve had, we first need to get to 40 points as soon as possible. But after this, we have to dream.
“We have to keep dreaming, to keep fighting and working as we are doing. We can arrive in a good position come the end of the season.”
‘Doesn’t matter where I play’
Fornals arrived from Villarreal in June 2019 for a reported £24 million. He has featured in all but two league matches since.
A winger by trade, the Spaniard has appeared in a host of positions along West Ham’s front three and midfield.
The Spaniard admitted he wasn’t too fussed about where he played, as long as he helped the side.
He said: “If I am a winger or a midfielder, I want to play and help the team and fight for us all.”
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