Although West Ham United’s recently acquired attacking-midfielder somehow found himself somewhat cast aside by the French national setup upon initially introducing his talents down at Upton Park last season, ‘Dimitri Payet’ is one name Didier Deschamps and co. can no longer afford to take lightly after the 29-year-old’s man-of-the-match worthy performance last time out at Euro 2016.
Whilst the current Hammers star had already served to assist Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in the final third for France’s opening goal against a particularly dogged Romanian outfit, Payet nonetheless stole all the headlines with his own extremely well taken finish mere moments before the final whistle swiftly rang out in dramatic style.
The goal was enough to see France eventually take all three points from their opening night opposition, leaving Romanian hearts somewhat broken after Anghel Lordanescu’s outfit seemingly thought they’d done enough to warrant a hard-earned draw against the host nation. As the dazzling French technician somehow managed to pull an absolute ‘worldie’ out of the bag just as everyone could almost sense the game finishing in somewhat underwhelming circumstances, the opening night of Euro 2016 simply couldn’t have ended in any better fashion for the subsequently tearful West Ham man.
Dimitri Payet must now be in with a serious shout of landing the overall player of the tournament award this time around, even if the vast majority of big name stars among Euro 2016 are admittedly yet to show the rest of the world just what they’re really capable of upon one of the grandest stages of all. As Payet nonetheless outshone the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud on the night, perhaps such an outcome may indeed start to manifest itself in reality far sooner than most initially expected.
Via his sheer composure with the ball at his feet inside the final third, undoubtedly captivating range of technical prowess whilst taking on defenders in one-on-one situations, as well as his growing confidence when eyeing up the corner of the net in seemingly impossible fashion – this is one player who has certainly failed to disappoint thus far, especially as we all now know just how effective the 29-year-old can prove on set-pieces in and around the opposition’s penalty box.
Payet’s opening goal at Euro 2016 could indeed go on to represent one of the finest taken finishes of the entire tournament when all is said and done – and whilst the vast majority of passionate West Ham fans simply couldn’t envisage starting the new Premier League campaign without their mercurial talisman on board – the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona could theoretically come a-callin’ if Dimitri Payet fails to drop his particularly high standard in performance any time soon.
This is a player nonetheless on the verge of achieving heroic status throughout the rest of France if Euro 2016 continues to prove profitable for the former Lille, St. Etienne and Marseille man. Whatever happens between now and the end of tournament itself, Payet has certainly served to ignite the highly anticipated competition right from the very get-go.
Relevant betting tips could therefore see the 29-year-old achieve even more among the French national squad this summer, especially as Didier Deschamps’ determined France outfit are seemingly yet to reach their full potential out on the pitch at Euro 2016!