After starting the season off on the wrong foot, West Ham United seems to be moving up a gear, with Pedro Obiang’s starting-eleven reintroduction standing out as one of the main turning points.
The Hammers suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats before Manuel Pellegrini decided to put the former Sampdoria man back into the heart of the midfield.
Now on the eve of their EPL encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion, the London outfit reside 5-points away from the relegation zone, having won two out of last three league matches.
The 26-year-old midfielder thought to be leaving the London Stadium after being left on the fringes of the Hammers’ side, but he now appears to be an essential part of the club’s recent success.
West Ham United have broadcasted Obiang’s words via their official website, pointing out the value he added to the team after being resurrected.
“At the moment, I think everybody is enjoying it,” he confirmed.
“The beginning of the season was really, really tough and when you don’t get results it is difficult to find positive things, but now we have and it’s easier to go through the week.
“Beating Manchester United had a big impact but the Everton game was the most important because, after four difficult games, to get the first one in a stadium where we knew it would be very difficult, after that the game against United was not as important. Everton was the one where we started to make the changes.”
“I think many players have made an impact,” he observed. “In goal, we have [Lukasz] Fabianski who is doing really well, in midfield Declan is also doing really well, we have Pablo [Zabaleta] who is working very hard and has a lot of experience, we have Mark who is our captain and Marko [Arnautovic] who is continuing to score.
“So, the squad is not about one or two players. When we are starting to play like a proper squad, we are starting to get our results, so we need to continue to talk like a team.
“I am enjoying it more because it was a difficult situation [when I was not playing and the team was struggling]. We have a big squad, even when we have injuries. You have to be ready and the manager told me that every day that I had to wait for my chance, but when you are a player on the bench waiting for your chance you are thinking ‘Yes, but when?’.
“We took some really good results and after that, I am really happy and trying to enjoy it and trying to improve in every game because now is my chance.”