With West Ham strengthening in the summer and looking like a much-improved side under Slaven Bilic, ambitious members within the Boleyn Ground faithful may well have finishing ahead of London rivals Tottenham in their sights this season.
The White Hart Lane club in comparison did not have many hearts racing with their summer business, with a slow start to the new campaign suggesting that Champions League qualification is as far away now as ever.
Looking at it realistically, there are now a number of players in the West Ham ranks that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could make good use of in his starting XI.
Aaron Cresswell is certainly an upgrade on Spurs’ options at left-back, while the assurance on the ball that Alex Song boasts would be a desirable quality at White Hart Lane.
However, despite other Hammers stars also being in contention, the one West Ham player that Spurs would surely love to have in their ranks currently is Dimitri Payet. The France international playmaker has started his time in England in impressive fashion, with his blend of creativity and eye for goal a key feature in West Ham’s chances this season.
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The former Marseille man scored a brace in his side’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday night and is already looking like one of the buys of the season.
Looking at it objectively, there is no reason why Spurs could not have landed Payet. The gifted attacking midfielder has been in the shop window for some time, impressing at the Stade Velodrome consistently with his performances in Ligue 1.
Last season in particular, with the south coast club flying under the tutelage of then boss Marcelo Bielsa, Payet was one of the best-performing players in the country.
With Marseille’s financial issues meaning the club have parted company with almost all of their top players over the off-season, West Ham landed the star for a bargain price of £11million.
Considering Spurs spent well over double that on Erik Lamela and Payet’s worth starts to become apparent.
For Tottenham, finally deciding on the best proponent to fill the number ten spot in the team behind Harry Kane is something that needs to be done. Christian Eriksen is an obvious choice, but both Tim Sherwood and Pochettino have opted to field the mercurial Dane in wide areas on a frustrating number of occasions.
Others, such as Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele, Paulinho and Lamela have all been given opportunities, but the best blend of attacking symmetry has still not been unearthed.
Had Payet been scouted properly and signed as a result over the summer, Spurs now would have a mouthwatering proposition in the final third, with an attacking midfield trident containing the West Ham star, Eriksen and either Chadli or Heung-min Son.
However, it is West Ham who have landed the star player, with the club’s fans relishing the opportunity to watch the diminutive schemer at work for the remainder of the season and long into the future.