Obiang - We can go as far as we dream

The Spanish midfielder is optimistic about the Hammers' potential
Ahead of the Hammers game with Newcastle United later today, Pedro Obiang said the squad is good enough to achieve whatever they set their mind to.

The Spanish midfielder has featured in the Hammers last six games and has impressed at the heart of midfield.

In that time, the Hammers have won four of those six games, as part of a wider run of nine games unbeaten in all competitions.

Looking ahead to the Magpies’ challenge, the Spaniard said: “We are keeping our feet on the ground. We’re here to fight and do our best. Of course it would be great to qualify for the Champions League but we are not thinking about that at the moment.

“Of course it is healthy to have a strong squad throughout the team. I think we’ve got past the worst of our injury problems, there was a time when there was only 12 or 13 senior players available.

“West Ham as a club can go as far as our dreams allow us. We set our own targets.”

Since beating today’s opponents 2-0 earlier in the season, thanks to a majestic brace from the peerless Dimitri Payet, Steve McClaren’s men have somewhat galvanised and there draw with Manchester United will have given them a much needed lift.

Despite going seven games without a victory, Obiang knows his Hammers are in for a stern test: “Newcastle have different objectives to ours but they are a good side and we know it’ll be a tough game, like every game in the Premier League.”

Since joining the Hammers last June, the first recruit during a prosperous summer, Obiang has made 16 appearances and brings a silky maturity that belies his 23 years.

He finished by reaffirming: “I don’t think we fear any team in the league, we all want to show our characters, especially the new players who weren’t particularly known at the start of the season.  

“Given our results, we can go wherever we want to, and if we agree on a target I think we can achieve it, that’s what we are capable of.”