Clearly when focusing on one player for a prolonged period, rather than picking them out when the action is with them, you get a better flavour of what they are about, and it was a delight to see how Payet influenced the game.
I’ve watched David Silva for a game before and there have been a lot of similar characteristics shown by Payet that gives me belief he will become a great player for West Ham.
He played one particular ball in the first half that also had a touch of the Zinedine Zidanes about it. He received the ball near the halfway line, turned sharply, picked up his head, saw Sakho running the channel,
and without a moment’s hesitation, clipped the ball with the outside of his right foot to ensure the ball not only stayed in play but kept in Sakho’s path. It was pure class.
With interviews with Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie, and pieces by George Parris and Brian Williams on the Boys of 86 in this month’s issue, it certainly feels like we’ve now got a squad capable of emulating the success of 30 years ago.
Payet will be key to any success this campaign. We must ensure he stays fit, motivated, and keep giving him the ball!
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