By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has criticised West ham star Dimitri Payet, suggesting that he’s overrated and is failing to be the player to make the difference for West Ham this season.
Despite their back-to-back victories in recent weeks, the Hammers have struggled to adapt to their new surroundings at the London Stadium, suffering five defeats in seven league games.
Slaven Bilic’s side have subsequently managed to turn a corner, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 and following that up with another 1-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, which pushes them into 15th place in the league.
Broadcaster Collymore provided his verdict on Payet’s performances this season and slammed the France international for not living up to expectations.
“The second [overrated player] is Dimitri Payet,” Collymore told 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live. “He is sitting on a huge contract at West Ham.
“But if you’re the player that scores goals and free kicks in the Euros and has a great first season in the Premier League, is it too unreasonable to expect him to be the difference, as West Ham bed in at home?”
Payet has scored one goal and supplied four assists in six Premier League games for his club this season, but it was his nine-goal haul and 12 assists that won him plaudits during the last campaign.
The France international also enjoyed a successful Euro 2016 tournament for his home country, as the hosts were unlucky to be beaten in the final by Portugal in Paris.
Payet will now turn his attention to London rivals Chelsea, who visit the London stadium on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup.
In other West Ham team news, manager Slaven Bilic has declared his delight at the performance of this struggling Hammers ace.