Obiang wants FA Cup success

Pedro Obiang would love the chance to help the Hammers secure FA Cup glory this season

West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang would love the chance to help the Hammers secure FA Cup glory this season and make it a memorable first season with the east London club.

Obiang has produced some of his best form in the competition this season and played a major role in the memorable victory over Liverpool in the last round.

The Spanish midfielder realises the importance of having a good run in the competition and knows it would be a fairytale ending for the club if they could finish their final season at the Boleyn Ground by winning some major silverware.

With competition for places so fierce in the West Ham starting line-up, the FA Cup is currently providing the perfect platform for the talented midfielder to remind Slaven Bilic of his qualities and he is determined to take his chance again when they play Blackburn on Sunday.

Obiang said: “It is maybe more important for me because it is a competition where I have been playing more regularly and I see it as my chance to shine. I want us to do as well as I can.

“I am very determined to do well at West Ham United. It can be difficult when you are not playing, but my team-mates have been having a fantastic season and there have only been some small gaps for me to fill. I will keep trying until I get my chance more regularly.

“I am confident West Ham can achieve big things as a club. We have been playing a lot of games recently with a fairly small squad and most of the players have had the chance to feature and show what they can do.

“It motivates me and can improve me as a player to have strong competition for places because our job is to give the manager strong decisions to make.

“That is exactly what we are trying to do and it doesn't matter if one name is bigger than the other, it still gives the manager a hard choice to make and shows the quality we have got in the squad.

“The FA Cup is an important competition and one we want to win.”

Obiang has another big reason for wanting the Hammers to do well in the FA Cup this season – so he can get to play his first game at Wembley.

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder has certainly come close after he was part of the Spain Under-18 squad that played England a few years ago, but never got the chance to play in the game.

Obiang added: “I have not had the chance to play at Wembley and have only seen it on television so I would love the chance to play there.

“I came to England with the Spain Under-18 team but didn't get the chance to play there. We all travelled to London but unfortunately I didn't play. It would be nice to make up for that and go back there.

“I know a lot about the FA Cup and every game is important for the team and the season.”