Dimi, Dimi, Dimi, it’s time to move on. Let it go. You got your move away from the jellied eels and pie and mash.
The French international – which he’ll no longer be because he’s had his five minutes of form – is the one who wanted to leave West Ham, and Payet got his wish. Although the attacking-midfielder is now acting like the bitter ex who can’t accept that the one he wanted to leave are coping perfectly fine – probably better – without him.
Payet’s exit has improved the atmosphere around Slaven Bilic’s squad and around the London Stadium; fans and players needed a common enemy to unite and pull in the same direction, and Payet duly obliged.
Lanzini is now allowed to be the creative spark that was being stifled by the Frenchman’s presence, the formation and fluidity of the Hammers has improved with there no longer a need to shoehorn Payet into the XI and to pander to his needs.
Lanzini has surpassed Payet the 1 season wonder
— َ (@KDBTouch) March 1, 2017
Amusingly, WhoScored’s average rating for Payet’s performances for West Ham this season is 7.53, whereas his start to life back at Marseille has only seen the 29-year-old deliver a rating of 7.27.
Payet is yet further proof that footballers and clubs aren’t very good at understanding when they or a player are just at the level they should be.
The former Hammers fan favourite was a big fish in a small pond, and if he was any better than that, and worthy of a bigger pond, he wouldn’t have joined West Ham at the age of 28.
Thankfully, West Ham had the last laugh over the tubby Frenchman.
Watch the video at the top to get the full fallout on Payet’s latest comments.