Following his £10.7 million summer transfer from Marseille, French midfielder Dimitri Payet has lit up the first nine weeks of the Premier League and lifted West Ham into an impressive fourth place.
Payet's transfer was undoubtedly a surprise; the Hammers side were able to complete the signing of one of Europe's finest attacking midfielders under the radar and without competition from other clubs.
Four months on, and the 28-year-old's credentials are already shining through. In nine Premier League appearances, Payet has scored five goals and created three more, helping Slaven Bilic's to victories at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. For a comparatively small fee, he is almost certainly a contender for signing of the season.
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In 2014/15, his final season with Marseille, Payet beat the likes of Javier Pastore and Nabil Fékir to top the Ligue 1 assist charts, setting up 17 goals - more than David Silva, Eden Hazard, Phillipe Coutinho or Mesut Özil could manage.
He also created 133 chances for his team-mates - the highest in any of Europe's top five leagues. West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan was immediately confident his signing would pay off: "If he was 22 he would be £30 million plus: but he's still in his prime."
Big things were expected of the Frenchman following his arrival - and Payet has not disappointed. Generally playing in the centre of a four-pronged attack, the former Marseille man's creativity compliments the talent and pace of Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses.
His playing style, similar to that of Phillipe Coutinho, of dribbling through the opposition midfield, slipping through balls behind the defence and occasionally adding to the goal tally, has terrorised many teams already this season. This long range beauty against Newcastle (watch below) is the pick of the bunch so far.
If West Ham are to keep up their impressive Premier League form, Payet has to stay fit. The Frenchman is the key component of the Irons' attack and will have a huge influence upon their upcoming season.
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