David Gold: West Ham summer signing Pedro Obiang will return to training next week

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David Gold says West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang will return to training next week.

Following the 1-0 friendly win over Norwich City, West Ham United co-chairman David Gold took to Twitter to announce that midfielder Pedro Obiang will be back in training next week.

The Hammers beat newly-promoted Norwich at Carrow Road thanks to a late Harry Toffolo own goal, and there was more good news for supporters as Gold revealed Obiang's scheduled return, as seen above.

Obiang, 23, joined West Ham from Italian club Sampdoria earlier this summer, and it seen as a huge signing for the Hammers given his reputation in Serie A.

The Spaniard is an athletic, box-to-box midfield player who starred on a regular basis for Sampdoria, and has earned comparisons to Yaya Toure in the process.

Fans have yet to see much of Obiang this summer due to injury and fitness problems, but Gold's revelation that Obiang will return to training next week will be a big boost for Hammers fans.

How important can Obiang be this season?

West Ham have seen last season's loanee Alex Song return to Barcelona, leaving a vacancy for a physical midfielder in the Hammers line-up.

Cheikhou Kouyate formed a great partnership with Song last season, and with Mark Noble sitting to dictate play, Obiang could step into the role that Song filled last term.

With speed and strength, Obiang's athleticism could be a huge asset to West Ham, have a star both for now and the future in Obiang - and he should be a vital player for the club this coming season and beyond.

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