West Ham signed Pedro Obaing in the summer transfer window.
Obiang said: “I am very determined to do well at West Ham United. It can be difficult when you are not playing, but my team-mates have been having a fantastic season and there have only been some small gaps for me to fill. I will keep trying until I get my chance more regularly. It motivates me and can improve me as a player to have strong competition for places because our job is to give the manager strong decisions to make.”
Obiang was signed in the summer from Sampdoria, and he arrived with a big reputation as an exciting and young talent.
The 23-year-old midfielder was expected to feature heavily in Slaven Bilic’s team, but he started the season injured, and was always going to be behind his teammates in Bilic’s pecking order.
The form of the players ahead of him has kept him sidelined for much of the campaign, with just eight Premier League starts to his name.
Bilic has utilised the Spaniard slightly more in the domestic cups, and whilst many players would take this as an indication they do not have a future at the club, Obiang has made it clear he wants to be a success with the Hammers.
As long as he continues to impress Bilic with the chances he is handed, the head coach will not be able to keep Obiang on the sidelines much longer, and the midfielder will be hoping he can establish himself in the first-team ahead of the start of next season.