It was good to see Haller get on the scoresheet in a good away win at Watford but one player I am looking forward to seeing more of is Pablo Fornals.
We do, however, need to give him time to settle. He’s come here from a different country with a different culture and is playing in a new league with new teammates. I’m sure English players struggle when they go abroad too.
Also Lanzini’s form hasn’t helped Fornals. I thought Lanzini played very well in the Brighton game, and as a player, you want to be giving the ball
to the players who are playing well so your other ball players won’t get as much of a look in.
Ideally you would want all your ball players – Anderson, Lanzini and Fornals – to be playing well but that doesn’t always happen.
I’m not sure we could have all three on the pitch at the same time but could you imagine if they were and all on top form?
Talking about settling in, I think we do need to give VAR time. The main thing for me from the first month was how long it took to make some decisions.
Spectators know that every key decision is being checked but it took an age to check the Brighton goal when it shouldn’t.
Irons enjoy bright start
It was an interesting start to the season but after our first three games, we had four points on the board – when was the last time you could say that about West Ham?
It was never going to be an easy start at home to Man City but there were periods where we did alright, especially in the first half.
It’s a good thing we won’t be playing them every week but hopefully we took away lessons from it.
The draw away at Brighton was probably a good point with the personnel we had on the pitch, while the win at Watford probably showed what we can do.
We looked great going forward but the key will be to get a settled back four and make things tighter.