West Ham United announced that Pedro Obiang has left the club to join Serie A outfit Sassuolo for £7.2 million on Wednesday, and their fans have reacted to his departure on social media.
The midfielder spent four years with the Hammers, becoming one of their more reliable players, only for a series of injuries to set him back in recent times, which saw his impact in the side begin to reduce.
Manuel Pellegrini is undergoing an active and extensive overhaul of his West Ham squad ahead of the new Premier League season, with Obiang the eighth senior man to depart the London Stadium since the end of the previous campaign.
The Equatorial Guinea international departs the Hammers having made 116 appearances for the club, and having shot himself into the hearts of all Irons supporters, when he unleashed an unstoppable thunderbolt against rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium a couple of seasons ago.
Pellegrini is looking to take West Ham to the next level, pushing to be the best of the rest outside of the top six in the Premier League, and with the emergence of Declan Rice at the London Stadium in recent times, Obiang was only ever going to be on the fringes of things this term.
The 27-year-old arrived at the Hammers from Serie A side Sampdoria in 2015, and he is now off for another spell in the Italian top flight after his four-year stay has come to an end.
He was always a popular figure among the West Ham faithful, and as such some supporters are sorry to see him go, although the majority accepted that he was only on the edges of regular inclusion in the side, and know if their club are to take the next step they need to bring in better quality, so allowing Obiang to leave was best for both parties.
Here are some of their messages on social media:
Just heard Pedro obiang has left imo he was underrated and a good player on his game will always remember the screamer against Tottenham away also need to get rid of Carlos sanchez an give Reece oxford a chance as a back up as it is not worth cashing out at 3 million as he is ok
— Josh Hills (@JoshHillsWhu) July 25, 2019
Sad to see Pedro Obiang go he's been a proper professional even though his heart was in Italy.
Unlike a recent Couple we could mention…
Oh yes and that Wembley Goal..
Thank you Pedro and Good Luck on your next Chapter.#COYI
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) July 25, 2019
I always thought that Pedro Obiang was a decent player, he just needed a decent run in the team. The screamer against spurs will always be remembered. I wish him all the best for the future back in Italy. Thank you Pedro.
— The Unknown Barman (@UnknownBarman) July 25, 2019
— Phil George (@Phil_Gonzo) July 24, 2019
Farewell Pedro Obiang. Thank you for some great performances & moments, especially THAT wonder goal against Spurs at Wembley.
Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times – all-round nice, cheerful & funny bloke. Left in a dignified way too⚒ pic.twitter.com/IfXXR0dfZ7
— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) July 24, 2019
Sad to see Pedro Obiang leave West Ham, such a great talent just didnt quite click at West Ham.
I am sure he will do really well in Italy, good luck Pedro
— 🏴⚽️⚒🦅⛏🏈🌟 (@Steve_V84) July 24, 2019
Pedro Obiang has left. Sad to see him leave always a professional and great character. Will always remember that goal against Spurs. ⚒⚒
— Harley (@WHU_Harley) July 24, 2019
All the best Pedro Obiang, sad to see you go
— Sheryl Bone (@sheryl_bone) July 24, 2019
Best of luck to Pedro Obiang. A player who always gave his best and just lacks that extra quality we are now looking for to kick on. At times a fantastic passer of the ball and had good composure just not consistent enough. Wish him nothing but the best back in Italy.
— Brad Palmer (@Mr_BA6) July 24, 2019
Nothing but utmost respect for pedro obiang.
We knew for a while he wanted to leave to go back to italy.
Was told not this year last summer. Never complained or threw toys out of the pram.
Turned up to training every day and got his head down to play for west ham.
— ⚒Sam Gagen #westham⚒ (@samgagen) July 24, 2019