Bilic: What my friends in Italy have told me about Pedro Obiang deal

Upton Park

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been praised over the club's capture of midfielder Pedro Obiang.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic explained in an interview for West Ham TV that all of the close friends he’s spoken to in Italy, feel the Hammers have signed a good player in the form of Pedro Obiang.

Obiang was recently confirmed as Bilic’s first signing as manager of the Upton Park side and he’s confident that the club have made a good capture in terms of the player they are bringing into their squad.

“He’s a very good player. He’s a Spanish under-21 international who has proven himself in Sampdoria – I watched a few games of him and he impressed me. I spoke with some very important people from Italy who are my friends and all of them told me that we’ve done a good job,” he told WHTV.

Where will Obiang fit in?

Bilic could look to use Obiang in a number of different ways across the middle of West Ham’s team.

There is a need for Bilic to install a player just in front of his back four, should the Hammers fail to re-sign Alex Song.

He can play the holding role or he can play a bit further forward in midfield, pulling the strings and looking to feed the more creative players in the team

Why Bilic needs to be wary

Technically, Obiang looks to be a great signing for the club but he’s still a very young man and Bilic will realise his lack of experience.

The gaffer has experience of having played in England so he’ll know all about the physical challenge of English football and should encourage the player to work hard in terms of building himself up physically.

The signs are promising but Bilic will be just a little bit wary about throwing him in at the deep end and the job of the player is to ease that wariness.

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