If you are a West Ham United fan, here is the good/bad news everyone has been anxiously awaiting (depending on how you feel about it). Dimitri Payet, the undoubted star for West Ham and arguably the entire Premier League last season, has officially been sold to his former club Olympique de Marseille for 25 million pounds.
In what was a transfer saga that showed the best and worst of the player and the club, but no matter how you look at it, the Premier League lost one of its best players. Did I mention Payet took a 25,000 pound pay cut to make this move happen? Yeah, he really wanted to leave.
Payet was presumably happy to be at West Ham for the long haul and was set to be there star for the future, but unfortunately, West Ham owner David Gold and David Sullivan made it clear to the public in this window, that Payet wanted to leave. However, Gold stated that he did not want to sell the midfielder and remained adamant after two previous bids this window that the club would not sell the French international.
Dimitri Payet has created more chances (478) than any other player in Europe’s top 5 leagues since the start of 2012/13. pic.twitter.com/nzEIlxLMba
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 30, 2017
After it became increasingly clear that West Ham would be wasting their money to hold onto Payet, and the fans turning on the player, Gold decided to accept the 25 million pound bid and he signed with Ligue 1 side Marseille on Sunday. The move makes sense for both sides as Marseille will be happy to have their prodigal son return home, and West Ham will be happy to have someone who does not want to stay at the club, leave.
Payet will be missed for West Ham for his production last season, however, West Ham seem to be doing just fine without him in the side and that was part of the reason fans turned on him so quickly. With New arrival Jose Fonte from Southampton strengthening the defensive ranks, West Ham have positioned themselves well to try and stay in the EPL next season by attempting to fix their defense. But will it be enough since a key-attacking player has now left the club? Maybe we have not seen the last of West Ham in this window.
Adding another attacking option is never a bad idea in a league that is so physical and injuries are constantly hindering players from performing to their highest standards. Robert Snodgrass may be that man that can fill that void. He will be an impact for the Hammers as he has signed for West Ham over the last couple of days and will fill Payet’s spot. Expecting him to be exactly like Payet is a ridiculous ask and unfair to a good player. He will be a huge help to West Ham and will surely be a regular in the first team week in and week out.