COMMENT by Amir Mir
Dimitri Payet was substituted in the second half during West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday evening.
The senior player produced a performance of someone who doesn’t want to be at the club, despite his fellow players doing their all to produce a fighting performance while down to ten men.
The France international has not been able to consistently replicate the form that won him huge plaudits last season.
First of all, he is playing for a side that has struggled to adapt to their new surroundings since moving from the Boleyn ground at the end of last season.
Slaven Bilic’s men are seven points above the relegation zone as they have lost half of their 20 Premier League games this term.
Payet, who had a brilliant campaign for France at Euro 2016, seems to look disinterested this season.
It does not help when he states on French television that he has “closed the door to nothing” in regards to a move in January.
The 29-year-old has scored two goals in 18 league games this season, including scoring a brilliant solo effort against Middlesbrough earlier on in the campaign.
There is no doubting his ability but the Hammers would be better off selling the highly-rated player who would have a queue of clubs interested in his signature.
This would allow the east London club to make big money out of his transfer, but most importantly use that cash to invest in improving their squad for the long term.
In other West Ham news, Premier League giants have shortlisted this Hammers ace to fill their homegrown quota.