West Ham coach Terry Westley raves about Pedro Obiang's Under-21 display

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Pedro Obiang has earned praise from West Ham coach Terry Westley.

West Ham United academy boss Terry Westley has told the club's official website that he was impressed with Pedro Obiang's performance against Arsenal Under-21.

The Hammers first-team drew 0-0 with Stoke City on Saturday, and it was the same story for the club's Under-21 side on Monday evening.

West Ham took on Arsenal at Upton Park, and whilst the Hammers took the lead through an Alex Pike goal, Chris Willock rescued a 1-1 draw for the Gunners.

By far the biggest name on show during the match was midfielder Pedro Obiang, with the Spaniard still looking to find his feet in English football.

The 23-year-old joined West Ham from Italian club Sampdoria over the summer, and whilst he has played nine games in the Premier League so far, only four of those appearances have been starts due to issues with his fitness.

On Monday though, Obiang played a key role for West Ham's Under-21 side, and his performance has earned rave reviews from academy boss Terry Westley.

Speaking to the West Ham official website, Westley stated that Obiang impressed him in three key areas; a benchmark of how players should play, how experienced players should help young talent, and for having the extra bit of quality on the pitch.

"On that, I think Pedro Obiang deserves a big mention, because if a senior player plays for the U21s, he's set a real benchmark of how you should play and how you should help the younger players, as well as having that little bit of quality. He did all three things on Monday," said Westley.

With players such as Alex Song, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble competing for places in midfield, Obiang has a tough task on his hands to break in to Slaven Bilic's starting line-up - but his display against Arsenal on Monday was a step in the right direction.

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