All season the Dimitri Payet song has been heard echoing around Upton Park.
“We’ve got Payet, Dimitri Payet, I just don’t think you understand. He’s super Slav’s man, he’s better then Zidane, we’ve got Dimitri Payet.”
To be fair, it’s a pretty catchy tune.
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And it helps that the player you’re singing about is actually rather good at football.
Payet has had an incredible debut season for the Hammers, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. His performances not only saw him named as one of six nominees for PFA Player of the Year and named in the PFA Team of the Year, but it also also seen West Ham harbour hopes of a top-four finish.
But it’s not just the fans that can’t stop singing the tune.
One of his teammates can’t stop singing it either, it seems.
Cheikhou Kouyate apparently had a few too many beers at the presentation night and began a chorus of the Payet song. Despite being told to be quiet by Diafra Sakho started another chorus as loud as he possibly could.
It’s actually pretty funny from the Senegalese international.
Payet cleaned up at the West Ham award ceremony, winning as many as five awards. The Frenchman, unsurprisingly, received Fans’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year as a reward for his fine displays.
He also picked up the top scorer award as well as Signing of the Season - his £10 million move from Marseille looks an absolute bargain now.
The fifth award was for Goal of the Season. Given the numerous spectacular strikes - including several stunning free-kicks - the judges must have had a tough task of picking which Payet goal was the best. However, he eventually went for his free-kick which defied the laws of physics against Crystal Palace last month. Check out the goal below:
While Payet’s legs probably ache this morning from continuously getting out of his chair to pick up an award, he wasn’t the only winner on the night.
Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final, was given the lifetime achievement award for his 13 years of playing for the Irons as well as his services to the club as an ambassador.
Reece Oxford, who played seven times for the Slaven Bilic’s side this season, was named Young Hammer of the Year while goalkeeper Darren Randolph won Save (or saves) or the Year for his triple stop against Liverpool in the FA Cup four round replay victory.
But Bilic and his side could turn a decent season into a sensational one by finishing in the top-four. West Ham are five points adrift of Manchester City, who currently occupy the final Champions League berth, although they do have a game in hand. They are also one point away from Manchester United.
They face two home fixtures, against Swansea and then United before traveling to play Stoke on the final day of the season.
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