By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson believes that West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet has got “too big for his boots” after the club’s poor start to the season.
The Hammers are currently 17th in the Premier League table and are just a point above the relegation places.
Slaven Bilic’s side appear to be fighting a relegation battle despite finishing seventh-placed last season and qualifying for Europe.
West Ham midfielder Payet has been unable to recreate his best form this campaign and the team have missed his goals.
The 29-year-old was phenomenal for the Hammers and his country France last season, but is now struggling to have the same effect.
BBC pundit Lawrenson has delivered his shock verdict that Payet is not working hard enough.
“I look a people like Payet and think maybe he’s got a little bit too big for his boots and he’s not working hard enough,” Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 live.
Payet was certainly one of the standout players in the Premier League last season and helped West Ham challenge against the top clubs.
The attacking midfielder made 44 appearances across all competitions, scoring 15 goals and supplying 17 assists.
He continued that dazzling form with France in the European Championships during the summer and helped the hosts reach the final of the competition, where they were beaten 1-0 by Portugal.
West Ham were expected to challenge at the top-end of the league table this year, but have struggled since the move to the London Stadium.
Payet has made 15 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying eight assists.
He is continuing to provide lots of chances for his teammates and still looks their most threatening player, but has been accused of being lazy by some fans.
In other West Ham news, David Sullivan has sent a message to the club’s supporters.