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West Ham fans will be devastated seeing Dimitri Payet thriving at Marseille

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West Ham fans will be devastated seeing Dimitri Payet thriving at Marseille

West Ham supporters will be devastated to see former Hammer and star-player Dimitri Payet flying high since his controversial move back to former club Marseille.

Payet left the London Stadium in January of last year, returning to his former side for a fee, reported by BBC Sport, to be in the region of £25 million.

The attacker immediately reminded Hammers supporters of his talents when he scored on his debut in a 2-0 home win over Guingamp on February 8th last year.

The 31-year-old was also named Marseille captain at the beginning of the season and has since helped secure a top-four finish for the French outfit while seeing them all the way to the Europa League final.

Despite failing to hit the mark early on for Les Phocéens, due to a hamstring injury, he has since flourished and is hitting the heights that saw him as one of the best players in the Premier League just two years ago.

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The Marseille captain has made more open play key passes per 90 (2.48) than anyone in Ligue 1, and a European final could see him be the first captain to lift silverware at the club in over six years.

Payet’s success comes as a cruel reminder to West Ham fans just how far they’ve fallen since they recorded a top-six finish in 2016, when Payet also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year accolade.

Since the Frenchman’s departure, chaos has surrounded the club, with fans directing their frustration at the West Ham board.

 

The departure of Payet is by no means the fundamental issue that has led to the Hammers downfall. However, the manner in which he left represents the problems could see unfolding in East London.

The transfer has worked on all fronts for Payet and, if the French midfielder keeps up his impressive form, there’s no doubt West Ham supporters will be watching him star for France at the summer’s World Cup.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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