Tuesday, November 8

We've not got Payet?

A lot has been made in the press of Dimitri Payet's comment to French television: “Will I go in January? I’m asking other questions right now but I’ve closed the door to nothing.” We all hope he stays but West Ham will be to blame if he does leave. Having signed our first world-class player in decades he needed to be convinced that we could follow-up last season's seventh place with another season challenging for the top six and having a tilt at the Europa League. 

What would surely have kept Payet happy would have been to sign a top class striker to benefit from Dimitri's service. We've been unlucky having Sakho and Carroll injured but the new signings have been abysmal. Zaza and Calleri have flopped, while Fletcher still looks raw and none of them has scored a goal. Had the Hammers signed a world-class striker, or even a proven PL scorer such as  Christian Benteke, Payet would surely be a lot happier. At present he's seeing his work go to waste and despite two goals and several assists this season he looks dispirited and it's hard to blame him. 

Bilic must convince Payet that things will change during the pair's crisis talks. Though with rumours of a loan move for Cesc Fabregas (who again would need a decent striker to serve) it's not looking promising.

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