Optimistic Obinna

Victor Obinna is hoping team spirit will ensure West Ham United secure their Barclays Premier League status this season.

The Nigeria forward has quickly endeared himself to his club-mates and supporters alike with a series of entertaining and enterprising performances - capped by a four-assist effort in the 4-0 Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United.

The 23-year-old, who received his SBOBET Player of the Month award from Phil Parkes before the Manchester City match, revealed he has felt right at home since signing on a year-long loan from Italian champions Internazionale on 27 August.

"It's been pretty wonderful to be honest. The backroom staff and the players have been fantastic since I've been here and have helped me a lot to adapt easily, joking in the dressing room and stuff like that. It's been really wonderful since I've been here."

Obinna revealed that he had sought the advice of Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu, who worked under Hammers manager Avram Grant at Portsmouth, and a number of his other compatriots, before choosing to move to London.

"I spoke to some of them. I spoke to Nwankwo Kanu because he's a legend to every one of us and an inspiration to so many young footballers like me. We look up to him for advice before coming here. Him also knowing the manager very well convinced me to come to West Ham."

The No33 admitted it took him some time to adapt to the pace of the English game, but now feels he is up to speed and ready to contribute assists and goals on a consistent basis. That much was confirmed by him being voted the top player for November by the club's supporters.

"It's been really unbelievable. Playing against Manchester United was a massive game for the team and for the club as well and we played some unbelievably good football and ended up winning well.

"We didn't start very well. Losing the first four games was not good and really affected the team. Gradually we've been trying to pick up wins but it's not been easy. The Premier League is the toughest league in the world and obviously the fastest. In terms of physique, you have to be prepared."

Looking further forward, the Jos-born player knows his future will be dependent on the form he shows between now and next May.

"I've been having a wonderful time since the beginning and like I said from when I was first here, football is going to speak for me - not saying I'm going to do this and do that."