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Obiang: we've lacked unity this season

Filed: Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
By: Staff Writer

One of the front-runners for this year's Hammer of the Year award says West Ham have failed to replicate their form of last season.

Pedro Obiang, whose season was ended prematurely back in March after sustaining a serious ankle injury during the 3-2 home defeat against Leicester also believes that the team have "under-performed" at times.

"The team has lacked unity," he told David Fletcher. "This year we've grown apart a little, the staff and the group as a whole have suffered as a consequence of it. It's normal though, there have been lots of changes in a short space of time. We can only learn from this experience.

"The team, the club, the players, even the fans will be better next campaign because this one has helped us realise that we didn't have all the right answers or ideas. Next year we should be aspiring for a place in Europe and there will be no excuses."

The former Spanish Under 21 - who is still unable to participate in any kind of running - also rather modestly claimed that his challenge for the HotY crown was perhaps the result of a number of key players failing to live up to expectations.

"My season has been quite low key," he argued. "I think I've stood out over the rest due to the fact that the rest have under-performed. That's why it's so crucial for me personally to keep my performances at a high level to really establish myself in English football.

"It's a real shame I haven't been able to help the team recently, but now I have time to recover, come back stronger, learn from my mistakes and transform them into consistency next year."

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