Obiang’s influential display vs. Southampton in numbers

Not long ago West Ham were a club in crisis. The Hammers were flirting with relegation and had crashed out of Europe for the second season running at the qualification stage, but now those memories are fading, with a decent run since the depths of winter having moved them up to the giddy heights of ninth in the table, just five points behind West Brom – a team widely credited with having an excellent campaign thus far.

Saturday’s 1-3 win over EFL Cup finalists Southampton ensured Slaven Bilic’s Irons made it into the top half of the table, and while the likes of Mark Noble and Andy Carroll grabbed the headlines, the understated Pedro Obiang may have been the key man at St Mary’s Stadium…

The Spaniard was heavily involved in the game (his 65 touches of the ball were the most of any West Ham player) and weighed in with an important goal and assist. As well as the standout statistics, Obiang won three aerial duels and completed 80% of his 49 passes – not bad at all.