Obiang confident as squad fly to Austria


Pedro scored his first ever Hammers game

Pedro Obiang has cause for a double celebration – a new five year deal and being on course to be fit for the start of the new Premier League season.

Having undergone surgery on his ankle he was back at  Rush Green early to build up his strength and fitness ahead of the squad’s return for pre-season..

And this morning he was with the squad as they flew out to Austria for a ten-day camp on Monday morning.

He said: “I am ready. I worked a little bit before I arrived at Rush Green and came back one week early to work with some guys inside [the training ground], and they helped me to be ready to start with the boys on the first day.

“I trained with the team at the end of last week to know if I was ready, then we will go to Austria to continue our training.”

He added: “It is important for my confidence and also because I am starting on the same day as all my teammates. You can lose one or two days, of course, because sometimes it’s better to wait, but in this case we worked hard and I’m ready.”

“I think I have time [to be ready for the start of the Premier League season] because we are still in July and we have one month to work together.

“I am starting to feel confident in my ankle, so I think in August I will be ready to be at the same level [as I was before the injury].”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • John says:

    They’re calling it Manic Monday at Wimbledon today apparently. Surely it’s Moany Monday on the West Ham blogs. Moany every frigging day it seems. If I hated on my marriage like some do on their football club I’d walk away, after trying hard and a bit of marriage counselling of course, what is the point in being so bloody negative? Our fans are becoming the laughing stock not the club. Can’t attract players? Won’t pay players? Er Creswell Reid Fonte Ogbonna Lanzini Antonio all on long term contracts. I’m tired of the comparison with Everton who have just sold their spine in Stones Barclay Lukkau. So they have £150M to spend. Well we could sell Reid Lanzini and Antonio instead of awarding them long term deals? Will that please people?

    This season is like 64/65/66 or 85/86 or 2001 when we needed to build but did not. 2 or 3 top signings will see us build on a decent squad all on long term contracts. That’s the strategy. Give them time. Give them this window. 3 of the last 4 windows have been good.

    Over and out.

    • John says:

      I mean of course 3 of the last 4 summer windows.

      Laters. Enjoy Moany Monday. Looks like it’s gonna be wet. Very wet.

  • Gareth Hammer says:

    I dont know John i think your average Hammers fan is pretty philisophical and has a what will be will be mentality.The large majority of fans dont use our club websites because they are known as a preserve for the moaners.
    The moaners just dont like being pointed out as such but if the cap fits.

  • JRS says:

    Good the lad deserves first team guarantees too. Bc he was our stand out ayer last year up there with Antonio and Lanzini. And Bilic almost sold him very glad they kept him bc he more than proves his worth

  • LAIRON says:

    Well said!!!

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