Why is any other player being considered for the PFA Player Of The Year Award.
Isn’t it obvious who the winner should be?
The West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet is the only choice, and although Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have done well for Leicester in the Foxes’ fairytale season, it is Payet that has set the Premier League alight.
Slaven Bilic brought in his much admired Frenchman after almost signing him for Besiktas, and although Payet was virtually unknown to most Hammers fans he’s been simply breathtaking.
Payet started out at St Etienne, where he was watched by Arsene Wenger, and has since played for Lille and Marseille in his homeland before he moved to England last summer. Since the move he has been involved in 23 goals in all competitions, scoring 12.
At the 2016 London Football Awards, Payet was named as the Premier League Player of the Year. His stunning form this term meant that the 29-year-old managed to pip Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Chelsea’s stand-out player of the season, Willian, Watford forward Odion Ighalo and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil to the award.
Speaking about the award, Payet said: “It is of course an honour and a great joy for me to receive this award after only one season here. It’s the first time in my career that I have received a personal award like this. Last year, I won Best Passer in Ligue 1, but this is the first time I have been named best player.”
All of this is made increasingly more impressive when you consider that this is the player’s first season in the English game, whereas others nominated have played in the best league in the world before.
Talent like Payet doesn’t come around too often and despite a five week lay-off after an injury against Everton before the New Year, the Les Bleus ace came back and carried on where he’d left off.
His contribution to the team overall has earned the praise of his manager and his team-mates, and his sheer presence in the team appears to lift the Hammers to new heights each time.
More recently the Frenchman has become something of a free-kick specialist – his goals from set pieces are sublime and justify his re-call to the French national squad alone. In the two recent friendlies, it seems as though Payet has been impressing those that matter.
It’s true to say that Payet makes the game look so easy and is clearly a fans’ favourite already at Upton Park. His majestic play is a class above everyone and as an entertainer, he draws you to the edge of your seat every time.
For these reasons, and many more, the award for PFA Player Of The Year should be heading to east London and to a humble, quietly spoken Frenchman who was unheard of before August.
Ladies and Gentlemen – Please rise for West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.