West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini raised a few eyebrows with his ruthless decision making in the summer but looks to have been proved right.

Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes were midfielders some West Ham fans felt were never truly given their head.

The pair fetched a reported £16million for the Hammers when Obiang was sold to Italian side Sassuolo and Fernandes to German club Mainz.

Obiang was in and out of the team under three different managers. But anytime he was given a consistent run in the side he tended to get stronger and more influential with every game.

The problem was when he was dipped in for the odd match, Obiang failed to impress.

The humble, down-to-earth Obiang was much loved by West Ham fans.

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How is Pedro Obiang getting on at Sassuolo?

But so far he has very much carried on where he left off for the Hammers – on the rare occasion he did get game time – with some pretty average performances.

The major difference being that he has played every minute so far for new club Sassuolo.

Obiang has been in the heart of midfield for the club’s three Serie A games so far playing all 270 minutes.

They have suffered defeats in two of their opening three games but sit 12th having won the other.


Obiang has received an average match rating of 6.73 and has picked up two yellow cards. He has however been keeping up his quality passing game with a 91% passing success rate.

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Fernandes getting game time but Mainz struggle

It has been a similar tale for Fernandes at Mainz. Like Obiang, the move seems to have achieved its objective of getting the midfielder more game time.

Fernandes has missed just one half of football in the four Bundesliga games Mainz have played so far. The problem is the German club started the season with a win but have lost their three games since.

That has left Fernandes in the bottom three and with an average match rating of 6.25. And Mainz have conceded more goals than any other side, shipping 13 across the four matches.

Neither player has an assist or goal to their names as yet.

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In Pellegrini we trust

Of course it is still early days but it is further evidence to reinforce that Hammers boss Pellegrini knows what he is doing.

Allowing the duo to leave, like Cheikhou Kouyate the season before, raised eyebrows.

But neither are putting in performances that will fill Pellegrini or Hammers fans with any real regret.

West Ham fans will wish both success in their careers because they carried themselves so well during their time at the club.

In their place is £24million Pablo Fornals. And after a period of adjustment the exciting young Spaniard has started to impress, particularly with his cameo at Aston Villa last time out.

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