Pedro Obiang has made a direct comparison between Dimitri Payet to Angel Di Maria and Manuel Lanzini to Andres Iniesta.
The former Sampdoria man believes the two playmakers have been key to the east London club’s impressive start to the season.
He reckons the team’s brilliant attacking play is down to the pair of them but is surprised at the outstanding start to the season.
Obiang told Spanish sports tabloid Marca: “Yes, I’m surprised (at the start of the season). That means that we are good fighters. Whenever we get ahead, we win.
“People have highlighted Payet. He is a superstar, he creates chances and finishes them. He is a kind of Di Maria.
“And we must also review Lanzini. I would liken him to Iniesta. he seems fragile, but he will challenge anybody.”