West Ham United Pedro Obiang delivers his verdict on Manuel Pellegrini's first training session

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United (C) sees his shot deflect of Mathias Jorgensen of Huddersfield Town for their first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

West Ham United are currently on pre-season tour in Switzerland.

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United (C) sees his shot deflect of Mathias Jorgensen of Huddersfield Town for their first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

Pedro Obiang has told West Ham United’s official website that Manuel Pellegrini made him feel calm on the first day of training.

West Ham are currently in Switzerland, as Pellegrini puts his new West Ham team through their paces for the first time.

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And Obiang was impressed by the new Hammers boss’ managerial style in his first training session.

“Of course [his presence inspires the players], and it’s the same when you play with a player who has won something, as you feel he is strong and you have two options – to be good like him or be better than him. If you become better than him, then the squad can start to become a good level,” the £4.3 million signing said (the Telegraph).

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United runs with the ball during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England.

“He was talking a little bit with everybody because it is still early and he still has many players [to get to know] so, day by day, he will start to know everybody.

“He looks really calm and that made me feel that sensation. I also feel calm.”

Obiang could have a key role to play at West Ham next term, as he appears to be the London club’s most key defensive midfielder.

Obiang enjoyed an impressive campaign last term, and with Pellegrini promising to bring an attacking style, the Spanish midfielder’s defensive qualities could be vital.

Shane Long of Southampton and Pedro Obiang of West Ham United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August...

Pellegrini appears to be determined to improve the creativity available to him at West Ham, but he will need Obiang in his side as a protective shield for the Hammers’ defence.

West Ham’s first competitive action of the new campaign comes on 11th August, when they take on Liverpool at Anfield.

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