Ten moments that sum up West Ham hero Dimitri Payet’s season

If it weren’t for Leicester City’s incredible performances this season, Dimitri Payet could have been named the PFA Player of the Year over Riyad Mahrez.

The West Ham United attacking midfielder has been sensational ever since his first game with the Hammers, helping his new club beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates.

He was virtually an unknown outside of his homeland when joining from Marseille for a now bargain price of £10million, despite the France international having some of the best stats in terms of chances created in Europe.

But he showed the Premier League (and the world) his incredible quality, as Payet is the perfect mixture of power and technique that has him being compared to the great Zinedine Zidane.

And after his last game against Manchester United, which was the last ever fixture at Upton Park, here are 10 moments that sum up Dimitri Payet’s season…

First game of campaign against Arsenal (09/08/2015)

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Dimitri Payet bossed the midfield against Arsenal, earning an assist to help West Ham to an unlikely 2-0 victory over the Gunners at the Emirates.

First victory at the Boleyn Ground (14/09/2015)

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After two home losses in succession, Hammers fans wanted a win and Payet delivered with both goals in a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Comeback against Sunderland (14/09/2015)

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2-0 down, West Ham fought back to draw the game 2-2, with Payet grabbing the all-important equalising goal.

Out for three months after injury against Everton (07/10/2015)

Payet was the victim of a rash challenge by Everton’s James McCarthy, forcing him out of action for over two months.

Return against Liverpool (02/01/2016)

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Payet made his return against Liverpool as a late substitute, but oozed class in his short cameo.

Payet scores first trademark free-kick (12/01/2016)

He’s now being compared to David Beckham for his free kicks, but he only scored his first of the season in January against Bournemouth in a 3-1 win.

Payet dismantles Blackburn in FA Cup(21/02/2016)

Many were worried that Payet’s injury could see him need time to regain fitness, but the Frenchman was at his best in the FA Cup against Blackburn, scoring another brace which included another trademark free kick.

Payet long-range free kick beats David de Gea (13/03/2016)

20 yards out, not many would fancy anybody to beat one of the best goalkeepers in the world in David de Gea, but Payet somehow managed to do so with an incredible strike.

Payet at it again, this time for France (29/03/2016)

Payet has been left out of the France squad the past few years, but was recalled back after his terrific campaign with West Ham for friendly against Russia and obliged, again scoring a fantastic free kick.

Final West Ham game at the Boleyn Ground (10/05/2016)

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2-1 down against Manchester United, Payet produced two brilliant crosses that landed on the heads of Michael Antonio and then Winston Reid, helping his side win the last ever game at Upton Park 3-2.