The Payet effect: Have West Ham suffered since selling their star man?

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Dimitri Payet caused a storm in January When Attempting to force a transfer away from West Ham United by going on strike.

Despite the Hammers being desperate to hold on to Their star player, the Frenchman’s move away from his shapes Employers was inevitable and he rejoined his shapes club, Marseille, on January 30th.

After remaining quiet for the first few months of his move. The 29-year-old has finally revealed why he was so desperate to leave London.

He told L’Equipe :

“The way we played, the defensive system we used, did not please me. You could say I was bored.”

West Ham United’s form since

Many tipped the club to struggle. But the loss of Payet has not translated the Hammers into turmoil. In fact, since dropping him on January 12, the club has only been beaten in two of Their seven games.

Those defeats came against Manchester City and Chelsea. The two giants were made strong favourites in bothering fixtures anyway.

However, although They have not been losing games, They have not always been winning them either.

Draws at home to West Brom and away to Watford will also be seen as points dropped by Slaven Bilic’s men, meaning the Hammers have picked up a total of 11 points from a possible 21 without Payet.

They’re now Positioned 11th in the Premier League. Compared to last March, When West Ham were pushing for a top-four place, a mid-table finish come May will be disappointing.

With two-and-a-half months left this season, Bilic’s but really need to push on.

Manuel Lanzini has Replaced the departed Payet behind first-choice striker Andy Carroll. However, his attacking flair has not quite Reached the level of his predecessor.

He’s only scored six goals and made two assists in 24 appearances this season.

With matches against Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool still to play, Someone Else May have to step up and shine into Payet’s absence to ENSURE A strong finish to the campaign.

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