By Alex Taylor

West Ham chief David Gold has praised Pedro Obiang’s midfield performance against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Obiang, 24, returned to the starting line-up for the Hammers and shone in his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw at the Olympic Stadium.

The former Sampdoria midfielder has already featured seven times for the east London outfit this season, playing 462 minutes of football.

“Pedro Obiang returned to the first team, producing a performance full of composure, resilience and maturity,” Gold tweeted. “He was outstanding.”

Obiang completed 90 minutes in the league for the first time this season and helped end Bilic’s run of losses in the top-flight.

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

Bilic drove West Ham to a thrilling seventh-placed finish in England’s top-flight last term and got the best from a side which finished 12th previously. However, it is being reported that the Hammers hierarchy is losing patience with their Croatian manager. 

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

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.