By Will Butcher
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes West Ham should look to sell Dimitri Payet and look forward, as they are a better team without him.
The 29-year-old playmaker is expected to leave this month after telling Slaven Bilic that he was not prepared to play for the Hammers again, which has seen him forced to train with the reserve side.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Wednesday morning, Hasselbaink believes the Hammers are a superior side without Payet anyway after their 3-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“He needs to leave because of late they have been better off without him,” Hasselbaink said. “He clearly wants to go home, and he has not been playing well.
“West Ham have been better without him but it is not what they want, because he was a very important player in last year. But times change and he needs to move on.”
The France international was left out of the Hammers’ matchday squad on Saturday, as Sofiane Feghouli, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini secured a superb victory against the Eagles.
Failing to replicate his form of last year, Payet has managed just three goals in 22 league and cup appearances but has produced eight assists in claret and blue this term.
Football Insider verdict:
With a reported £40million price tag set for Payet, the Hammers should look to cash in on last season’s Player of the Season and will probably settle for less. Having a player that is desperate to leave the squad cannot be good for morale, and as Hasselbaink has said, West Ham can still perform without the set-piece specialist. Summer signing Feghouli opened his Premier League account against Palace as he begins to prove why Bilic brought him to the London Stadium, and that could play a crucial part in allowing Payet to leave east London. Using the money received for Payet, though, the Hammers should look to bring in a top-quality replacement that can provide the Frenchman’s ability of being able to find the back of the net or provide a creative spark.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers and Everton are set to miss out on this Premier League playmaker.