After a tough and slow start to the season, West Ham finally got their first points of their Premier League campaign as they beat Everton 3-1 to finally ease some of the growing pressure on Manuel Pellegrini.
After such a summer of change, West Ham were handed games against Arsenal and Liverpool in their first five games of the season. With so many new players joining the club, Pellegrini will have hoped for a much easier start to the Premier League season.
Their tough run of games continues, however, as the east London club will now face Chelsea, Man U and Spurs in their next five fixtures.
Against Everton, Pellegrini decided to switch to a 4-3-3 and brought in Pedro Obiang who according to reports, has impressed the new manager in training.
Obiang had received interest from Italy over the summer but after allowing Chiek Kouyate to leave the club, it seems as though the midfielder will not be going anywhere in the near future.
The 26-year-old signed a contract extension in 2017 and with him in the side alongside Declan Rice and Mark Noble, West Ham look much better.
In their first few opening games of the season, Pellegrini deployed a 4-2-3-1 which at times exposed Noble’s lack of pace and left youngster, Declan Rice exposed. Now with three in midfield, it gives the side much more balance and gives Rice two midfielders either side who can offer him some defensive protection.
It’s only a start but the decision to keep and play Obiang seems like a good one from Pellegrini.
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