Dimitri Payet is the West Ham wonder they'll miss the most

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Last summer, West Ham splashed out £10.7 million to bring Dimitri Payet to the Premier League.

The technically gifted 28-year-old, is now considered to have been one of the best buys of the most recent transfer markets, particularly amongst the Premier League sides.

His central position was contested by multiple other players at the club, however, his talents have shown his selection to be a no-brainer when available.


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Under new manager Slaven Bilic, the Frenchman has led the Hammers to an impressive start, and arguably discovered an all-time peak in form, even after running the show at previous French clubs.

He is known around Europe for his incredible displays as a supplier - creating more chances than any other player in the top five European leagues in his last season in Ligue 1 - an astonishing 135 chances for his Marseille teammates.

Interestingly, this season he seems to have his magical right foot tightly laced into his scoring boots with five goals from just 12 games of his first season in England from a midfield role, as well as three assists, the type of quality that earned him so much attention in France.

Bilic’s Hammers have facilitated this freedom to pull the trigger and he is putting it to great effect, with a conversion rate of 30% from his overall tally of shots.

West Ham seem to have transformed under Payet's influence and he is the spearhead to their attack, with more goals than any other player at the club so far this season.

The freedom which they have granted him allows him to drift around the pitch and he can play anywhere outwards from his central role.

He averages more than four crosses per game – an example of his work rate and desire to drive out wide, as well as playing in his usual position down the centre.

Payet has proven to be a very efficient purchase for the Irons and his £10.7 million price tag makes him appear a bargain in comparison to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Kevin De Bruyne, two of his positional rivals in the league, who cost £42.5 million and £54 million respectively.

The 28-year-old is versatile and won 44 of his 57 tackles last year, making him an equally solid player to keep the midfield area tight and stop players in their tracks.

His simplistic pass and move mindset is outlined by a creative flair which allows him to suddenly play one, pinpoint, chance-creating pass after the many shorter ones make room for himself to exert the killer blow.

The French talisman has featured in all of West Ham's games so far this season, however, he suffered an ankle injury against Everton and requires an estimated three months off to recover.

The Hammers have had an amazing start to the season, with Payet leading the French revolution, beating Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool away from home.

No doubt his absence will be missed, but if West Ham can maintain their strong start to the season until he returns, who knows, his comeback could inspire the east London side to further achievements this year.

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