Pedro Obiang pleased with West Ham debut despite Leicester defeat

Obiang says that picking up the pace after missing most of pre-season was the most important factor.

Speaking to the club’s official website Pedro Obiang says he is happy with his debut despite the defeat to Leicester City.

The former Sampdoria midfielder made an appearance from the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat as Slaven Bilic tried to turn the tide back in the favour of his side.

The game did not pan out that way though, although a second half goal from fellow summer signing Dimitri Payet put the Hammers firmly back in contention having looked out of it for most of the game.

Despite the negative result, Obiang says he is pleased to have made his debut and hopes he impressed both the fans and his new manager with his display.

“I really enjoyed it,” he told when asked about his debut. 

“It obviously didn’t turn out the way I expected, but it was a good opportunity to show the fans what I’m capable of and show the manager that he can count on me in difficult moments.”

Game time the most important thing

West Ham fans have so far had to wait to see their new midfield signing, with him having picked up an injury that forced him to miss most of preseason as well as the opening day defeat of Arsenal.

They are obviously excited to see how he fares in the Premier League, with him having been an important player at former club Sampdoria in Serie A.

And he says he was aware of that increased attention, but the most important thing was picking up the pace following his spell on the sidelines.

“There’s a lot of attention on you when you’re on the pitch, you feel the pressure, but it was all good,” he added.

“I needed to get back out there to pick up the pace, and now I can finally relax a little more. It’s mixed emotions. It’s positive, because I was able to play and show my qualities as a player, and the downside, obviously, is that we didn’t win.”

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