It’s safe to say that Dimitri Payet was one of the standout players in the Premier League last season and a case could be made to suggest he was one of the best players in the world, in fact. But with the EUROs now here and as West Ham edge closer to their move to the Olympic Stadium, thoughts have turned to who could compliment the Frenchman on the pitch next season.
The Hammers will need to add to their ranks if they want to keep Payet on their books for seasons to come because a successful campaign in France could entice some of Europe’s giants to make a move for their talented playmaker.
So with that in mind, who could Slaven Bilic move for in order to get the best out of Dimi Payet? Here’s FIVE players who could do just that…
This Argentine playmaker has been extremely impressive since joining Juventus from Udinese in 2014.
Whilst he missed a large part of this season with a muscle injury, Pereyra has shown on numerous occasions his vast array of skills and his ability to bring others into the game. Whilst he may not start alongside Payet, he’d certainly be an extremely healthy source of competition, and this may be what Payet needs to keep him on his toes.
The Hammers have already one bid for AC Milan hit-man Carlos Bacca rebuffed, but he could be the man to bring Payet even more success next season. He was the player of the campaign at the San Siro last season, scoring 20 goals and keeping Mario Balotelli well and truly sidelined.
He’s got heaps of international experience, too, and he might be a coup if the Hammers can convince him.
Sofiane Feghouli has been a huge player for Valencia for five years now, and at 26-years-old, the Algeria international still has plenty left in the locker.
A pacey and skilful right winger, he has the ability to bring his team-mates into the game whilst creating plenty of opportunities for himself. Whilst he’s not a household name, he could come in and strengthen the West Ham squad, and most importantly, create chances for Dimi Payet.
It’s common knowledge – Theo is well and truly out of favour at Arsenal. He’s struggled to cement a place in the squad over the past couple of years and it’s been tough for the former England wonderkid. Now could be the perfect chance to start somewhere else and why not West Ham?
The Irons are a club on the up, who have done extremely well recently, after all. Whether he’s played up front or on the wing, he could really bring Payet into the game.
A household name in the Premier League, Yannick Bolasie has been one of Crystal Palace’s most important players for a few years now.
The DR Congo international has pace, skill and the ability to score – as we saw when he despatched an eleven minute hat-trick back in 2014. He’s played behind the striker, on the wing and as an attacking midfielder and would be a great option for the Hammers.