By Tom Blackburn
Jack Sullivan, son of co-owner David Sullivan, has sparked a Twitter debate by asking West Ham fans who they think is the club’s best player.
Playmaker Dimitri Payet was a regularly occurring name, while Manuel Lanzini and Cheikhou Kouyate were also namechecked by fans.
Who's our best player
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) September 2, 2016
Payet was a key figure for West Ham last season and was a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year.
He only joined the club from Marseille last summer for around £12.5million and was integral to the Hammers’ sensational season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.
Lanzini had an impressive debut campaign after initially arriving on loan from Arabian club Al Jazira last summer, and the move was subsequently made permanent with a four-year deal in March.
The attacker suffered a knee injury while away with Argentina in the build-up to the Rio Olympics, but was back in the matchday squad for last Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City
Deep-lying midfielder Kouyate has been at the club for two seasons, when he joined from Anderlecht and has gone on to make 80 appearances for the club.
When Sullivan asked who the best player was, some fans took the opportunity to mock former players such as Marlon Harewood and Joey O’Brien, while others took the question seriously and debated the options in their squad.
Here are a selection of their Twitter messages:
— عزيز مخ (@AzizMe55i) September 2, 2016
— Joe Boutel (@Joe_Boutel) September 2, 2016
@jsullivanwhu Enner Valencia. Why did we loan him? ????
— Dan (@WesthamDan16) September 2, 2016
@jsullivanwhu Payet, closely followed by Lanzini & Kouyate. Must be nigh on £100mil of players right there.
— Ryan Macdonald (@RyanMacWHUFC85) September 2, 2016
@jsullivanwhu obviously Payet will get all the headlines but I honestly think Lanzini will be a better player, he has everything
— ⚒ Stuart Woods ⚒ (@Wow1wow1) September 2, 2016
@jsullivanwhu all round 'footballer' in my opinion is Kouyate
— Michael Cox (@cox_micky) September 2, 2016
@jsullivanwhu Just because there are so few of this style player about at the moment. Kouyate.
— West Ham APG (@westhamAPG) September 2, 2016
@jsullivanwhu Payet, Antonio, Noble, Reid, Adrian. One Player doesn't make a team
— Chris (@_CCXVII_) September 2, 2016
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