West Ham have confirmed on their official website that Pedro Obiang has completed his move to Sassuolo.
The Equatorial Guinea international has wanted a return to Italy (per Ex-WHU Employee) for a year and a half and while he hasn’t made a fuss, his wish has been granted and Sky Sports report the deal has earned the Hammers around £7.2m.
He started 12 Premier League games for West Ham last season, coming on as a substitute 12 times, providing one assist.
His main contributions were defensive, as he made 1.7 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.6 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game throughout the season. The 27-year-old averaged 22.3 passes per match, with a success rate of 80%, though may not be overly missed.
There is plenty of competition in the holding midfield area at London Stadium, with Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Josh Cullen all playing different variations of the position, while Pablo Zabaleta can also fill in as he did towards his latter days at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.
It is probably for the best that Obiang is leaving, as he was beginning to drift into the background, starting fewer games in each of the last three seasons.
His stunning effort against Tottenham at Wembley in January 2018 won the club’s Goal of the Season award and after amassing 116 appearances in the claret and blue shirt, it’s perhaps to safe to say the Irons did get a decent return from their initial £5.4m (Transfermarkt) investment, considering the fact they’ve also seemingly made a profit.
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