When it comes to football, it is almost certain that if a player has a good season with a club, his name is sure to do rounds in the upcoming transfer market. Almost all the players who shone for their clubs last season, from almost any league, have been subjected to the interest of clubs worldwide.
It is shocking that the player with the top assists in Ligue 1 in the 2012-13 season (joint in the league with Mathieu Valbuena) went unnoticed by many.
Not to be disrespectful to the club who have acquired his services in the summer, last year's Ligue 1 runners up Olympique de Marseille, but it is shocking that Dimitri Payet - who had 18 assists and 12 goals last season in 38 matches for Lille - was not targeted by more clubs in England, Spain or Germany. Last season, in total, Payet had played 52 matches scoring 13 goals and 22 assists.
Payet is understood to be a player whose incredible speed and dribbling makes creating the goals, as well as scoring, very easy on the eye.
Details of the transfer, namely the transfer fee, were not revealed but Payet is presently valued at €15m. Payet attracted the interest of Chelsea in the famous 2011 winter transfer window and it was reported that Ancelotti wanted him at any cost, but the club owner instead focused all his energies on acquiring a certain £50m Spaniard.
Even Comolli, on his arrival at Liverpool, heaped praise on Payet calling him ‘Modric only better and stronger’. Liverpool had been linked to him for a while then, but rumours slowly fizzled out.
Sochaux coordinator of sports Jacques Crevoisier, former assistant to Gerard Houllier at Liverpool, called the Frenchman a ‘sprinter’ furthering his claim by saying that Payet was like Djibril Cisse and Thierry Henry when they were 14 or 15-years-old.
He can play right across the attacking midfield three, or even as the lone striker. His main traits are his pace and remarkable control which allows him to link the attackers with sharp passing. His crossing is one which can beat even the best players in the world and he almost always manages to find a player.
It is his thrilling pace, close control and solid technical ability to link the play then, which makes him difficult to defend against and an advantage regardless of what type of match he is in, fast or slow.
Payet has the ability to escape from tight areas, even with several opposition players surrounding him. He is a player who with his immense skills, can trick and waltz his way from opponents. It cannot be said that Payet has a towering presence in the game - but he makes up for this with his Mozart-like skills on the ball.
For a player that constantly finds himself surging past defenders into dangerous positions, the best part about the 26-year-old is that he is very reliable.
He has scored three goals in the League for Olympique de Marseille this term, scoring a brace in his debut match for ‘Les Phocéens’.
It would be wrong and factually incorrect to say that the Frenchman was not linked with any other clubs in the summer, but the rumours fizzled out almost as casually as they appeared.
Needless to say, Marseille have added within their ranks a player who is going to give them his dedication and hard work, along with the skill and conversion they need in matches to compete for the title with the likes of PSG and Monaco.
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