Terry Westley gives verdict on how Obiang, Valencia performed for West Ham Under-21's

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

West Ham academy manager Terry Westley has praised Pedro Obiang and Enner Valencia.

West Ham United academy boss Terry Westley has told the club's official website that he was pleased with how Pedro Obiang and Enner Valencia applied themselves for the club's development squad.

The Hammers took on Wolves in an Under-21 match on Monday night, and the game finished in a 4-0 win for Westley's men - but most fans were looking to see how Obiang and Valencia fared.

Obiang, a summer signing from Sampdoria, has struggled with injuries and fitness concerns throughout the season, whilst Valencia suffered a major ankle injury against Astra Giurgiu over the summer, and is now looking to make his comeback to the first team.

Both players were handed a chance to impress on Monday night as they played 45 minutes for the West Ham Under-21's, and Valencia certainly took his opportunity by scoring the opening goal.

After the game, West Ham academy manager Westley told the club's official website that he was impressed with the duo applied themselves, given the step down from first team to Under-21 level.

"The way they applied themselves is a credit to them," said Westley. "They not only came down and played in the team but played properly and committed themselves to the game, and Enner Valencia scored a great goal," he added.

Both players are getting back to full fitness now, and playing on Monday will have helped them get back up to speed, even if it was just 45 minutes of action.

Slaven Bilic's side are firing on all cylinders now, so both Obiang and Valencia will have a hard task ahead of them as they look to break in to his side over the coming weeks and months.

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