By Alex Taylor

Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham chief David Sullivan, has claimed that Pedro Obiang is the most underrated player at the club after the midfielder’s performance against Middlesbrough.

The Hammers went behind in the game but snatched a point at the London Stadium after a brilliant solo goal from Dimitri Payet.

Obiang, 24, dominated the match from a deep-lying central midfield position as he helped secure the east London club’s first point in five games.

“This man is the most underrated player,” Sullivan said on his personal Twitter account. “Tackles and doesn’t lose the ball.”

The midfield general’s solid performance came in his first full 90 minute appearance for the Hammers this season and helped relieve the mounting pressure on boss Slaven Bilic.

The east London outfit have lost five out of their seven league matches this term, with their only win coming in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in August.

West Ham now face Crystal Palace (October 15) and Sunderland (October 22), before taking on Chelsea in the League Cup (October 26).

Bilic will be thankful for the upcoming international break as it affords his players a two-week rest from domestic action before the Premier League resumes in two weeks time.

In other West Ham news, Liverpool fans have reacted with surprise on Twitter after a report suggested that Daniel Sturridge could leave the club in January.