Although the Premier League in general certainly paid witness to a succession of shrewd deals throughout the summer transfer window this season – such as Yohan Cabaye’s move to Crystal Palace, Newcastle United eventually securing Georginio Wijnaldum, and Swansea City managing to land Andre Ayew on a free transfer – West Ham could well have completed 2015/16’s most impressive signing via their very own capture of 28-year-old Dimitri Payet.
The French international has been a revelation for Slaven Bilic’s new side since first making the switch from Olympique de Marseille this summer. Whether it be through assisting his teammates in the final third or simply registering himself on the score-sheet time and time again – Payet has so far proved a rather valuable asset that hasn’t disappointed by any measure.
So then, with a large portion of the 2015/16 campaign obviously still left to play, will West Ham’s Dimitri Payet prove the signing of the season once the domestic league proceedings eventually come to an end?
If his form so far this campaign is to offer any form of direction within this particular discussion – then the answer could well be, yes. West Ham’s latest French sensation has been a standout figure among the rest of the Premier League as a whole, and not just within the confines of Upton Park as the season has played out.
It remains difficult to fathom how the Hammers somehow managed to source their new no. 27 for as little as £10.7 million this summer. With the likes of Anthony Martial and Roberto Firmino joining Manchester United and Liverpool for a respective small fortune each, the over-riding transfer policy behind many of the Premier League’s most elite clubs may need readjusting in light of recent events.
And that is because Dimitri Payet simply wouldn’t look out of place operating for any English side so far this term. In line with such a notion, perhaps only the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are currently in a position to justifiably leave the 28-year-old out of their starting XI among the rest of world football as a whole. The latest player to embrace the adoration of the Upton Park faithful therefore arrives in pretty impressive style – and West Ham as a club are certainly lucky to be able to call him their own right now.
Slaven Bilic’s talented Frenchman currently goes down as Europe’s best chance creator from a statistical point of view. As was also present during his stints at St. Etienne, Lille OSC and Marseille of course – Payet consistently displayed himself as someone who seemingly thrives on entertaining his respective fan-base via strong footballing decision-making and even better technical ability.
Whether it be through ripping defences apart with his unrivalled vision across the park, showing sheer confidence with the ball at his feet as he casually marauds into the final third with purpose, or simply providing his teammates with arguably the best individually gifted team player most of them have ever had the pleasure of playing alongside – this is a player who has delivered the goods for a fairly sustained period of time now.
It therefore seems surprising that no other team, perhaps superior to the determined Hammers, has come in for Dimitri Payet’s signature in the past. At 28-years-of-age, the former Stade Velodrome favourite has all the necessary experience to make it at the highest level now, as well as on the international scene as France look to dominate Euro 2016 on home soil next summer.
Payet has nonetheless missed out on making his national squad in recent weeks however, so if the French actually possess any true desire to go and win the competition come the culmination of the domestic campaign, the current West Ham man simply must be among Didier Deschamps’ ranks without any questions asked.
Ultimately then, with a player as technically assured as Payet on board, Slaven Bilic’s side really could be going places this year. The Hammers for once possess some truly promising strength in depth for the first time in years – so you never know – maybe a top four finish isn’t entirely out of the question for the east-enders with a fair amount of luck on their side.
If the vast majority of Bilic’s players stay fit this term, especially current golden-boy Dimitri Payet, then there honestly is no telling just how impressive West Ham could turn out across the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.
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