West Ham have turned things around in the last few weeks and moved up to 14th in the table.

After losing their first four Premier League games, West Ham enjoyed a much improved September.

They beat Everton away, drew at home to Chelsea and then beat Manchester United at home on Saturday.

Add in the 8-0 cup win over Macclesfield Town and it is a good time to be a West Ham supporter again.

Many players, such as Felipe Anderson, Declan Rice, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Lukasz Fabianski, have been praised for their part in West Ham’s revival.

But one man has been underrated. Obiang’s return to the team has coincided with an upturn in results.

Here, we look at his stats against Man United (sourced from Who Scored) and analyse his importance to the team.

Obiang’s performance in numbers

Obiang’s passing game has come on a lot this season. His performances have been much improved in that department.

And this showed with his passing stats against the Red Devils.

 

The 26-year-old made 26 passes on Saturday, completing a staggering 96.2 per cent of them.

With West Ham leading, the former Sampdoria man played a key role in ensuring the hosts kept possession where possible.

His defensive stats could be better, but he is no longer playing as a holding midfielder so he can be excused for this week.

Unsung hero

Pedro Obiang is playing higher up the field with Declan Rice sitting behind him. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Obiang has enjoyed his new role in Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-3-3 formation. The Spaniard plays just ahead of Declan Rice in central midfield and has the license to move forward more often.

And this move seems to suit Obiang’s game as he is able to express himself with his range of passes.

There is still work to be done. He is not the complete central midfielder just yet.

But in the absence of Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere, Obiang is playing a major role in West Ham’s upturn in results.

It might go unnoticed a lot of the time but Obiang has been an important part of this resurgence.

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