29-year-old should be sold: Three things we learned about West Ham in win v Crystal Palace
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Ham’s 3-0 win against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Payet should be sold to raise funds
West Ham are in desperate need of a new spark. In the first half, Slaven Bilic’s side lacked creativity and had no attacking bite to their play as they struggled to break down Sam Allardyce’s struggling side. With new signings needed in east London, the Hammers should make a brave decision in selling star player Dimitri Payet after the 29-year-old attacker told Bilic he does not want to play in claret and blue again. Using the funds of a Payet sale, Bilic could add real quality that could push the Hammers into the top half of the table rather than seeing them being dragged down into a relegation fight.
Midfielder deserves England call-up
Wearing the captain’s armband, 29-year-old Mark Noble continues to impress in the middle of the Hammers midfield, spraying an array of short or long passes with aplomb. Providing creativity and determination in the Hammers’ side, Noble is more than deserving of an England call-up as he showed why Gareth Southgate should pick him against Palace. The Three Lions manager has plenty of fringe midfielders to choose from but Noble’s passion could see him picked to face Germany and Lithuania in March.
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Feghouli must be kept
The Algeria international finally broke his duck in claret and blue after a poor start since his summer move from Valencia. The winger slid in to give the Hammers the lead before target man Andy Carroll and playmaker Manuel Lanzini secured the three points. Now with a new-found confidence, the winger could become a top signing at the London Stadium without the added weight of failing to open his account. With Dimitri Payet unlikely to play for the Hammers again, Feghouli will be crucial.
In other West Ham news, a Sky journalist has claimed Slaven Bilic played Dimitri Payet against his will.