By Will Butcher

David Gold has lauded the performances of Pedro Obiang ahead of West Ham’s clash against Chelsea on Monday night.

Obiang, 24, has been in wonderful form for the Hammers this season, becoming one of the first names on Slaven Bilic’s team sheet in the middle of the park alongside captain Mark Noble.

Co-owner Gold declared his delight with Obiang’s display against Watford on Saturday during the 1-1 draw, claiming the Spaniard has been the Hammers’ “unsung hero” this season.

“Pedro Obiang was also outstanding once again,” Gold told West Ham’s official website. “He is the unsung hero and his stats are amazing.

“He goes about his business in a very efficient way and I have constantly said he is a very good player. He is getting better with every game that he plays.”

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Obiang’s performances have not only caught the eye of Hammers chief Gold, with The Sun claiming that Liverpool have identified the midfielder as a potential summer target.

Sitting in front of the back four, Obiang has helped the east London outfit keep eight clean sheets during his 27 outings and has even scored his first Hammers goal against Southampton.

However, West Ham’s number 14 will be focused on Monday’s clash against London rivals Chelsea, as he looks to stop the influential pairing of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.

Gold will be hoping his side can go one better at the London Stadium, after losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

Losing just once in their last six league outings, manager Slaven Bilic could see his side close the gap between eighth and ninth to just four points with a win.

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