West Ham summer signing Pedro Obiang has admitted he is impressed by the quality he has found at the Hammers after comparing Manuel Lanzini to Andres Iniesta and Dimitri Payet to former Manchester United star Angel Di Maria. The Spanish midfielder believes the two playmakers have been instrumental in an impressive start to the campaign where they have beaten the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
The former Sampdoria star moved to Upton Park alongside Payet and Lanzini during the summer transfer window as part of an overhaul conducted by Slaven Bilic. The Spaniard is still yet to prove his real worth at the Premier League after an injury earlier in the season hampered his adaptation.
But Obiang has hailed his decision to move to the Hammers as he always "wanted to play in the English football" and the start to the campaign of Bilic's side is paying off, being third in the Premier League table after 10 games.
The Spaniard believes that the secret of the club is the good environment of the dressing room but also the talent of 22-year-old Lanzini, plus Payet and his compatriot Adrián.
"The good vibes that have been created in the dressing room [are the secret]. The great season we're having has made expectations soar and we're being compared to the big clubs, but we have to keep working," he said during an interview with Marca. "We may not be well-known players, but we're eager to do battle. We're taking it one game at a time. We're good boxers. We hit hard. Whenever we get in front, we win. I would highlight Payet. He is a superstar, he creates chances and finishes. He is kind of Di Maria. We must also recognise Lanzini. I would liken him to Iniesta. He seems fragile, but will challenge anybody."
"[And Adrián] is our Iker Casillas. He saves things that no other keeper does. Since the very first day, he has impressed me both personally and in the pitch."
Obiang, meanwhile, has also praised his manager for how he is changing little by little the philosophy of the team to an attractive style since replacing Sam Allardyce.
"He does everything very calmly, he hardly ever shouts. His footballing ideology is being implemented bit by bit. Up until now he has been adapting to the team's capabilities, but I think he'd like to play more attractive football," he said. "Bilic has a lot of personality and he wants us to dominate. We're starting to see the results of that."