There’s been a massive furore around the transfer of Dimitri Payet to Marseilles from West Ham, which was confirmed on Sunday. A saga that rumbled on all month, there’s many Irons fans who are happy the matter has finally been settled.
Regardless, West Ham United are losing a player of great quality. On the pitch he’s going to be a big miss for the Hammers and this stat from Squawka shows why. No player in Europe’s biggest leagues has created more chances over the last four and a half years than the French international.
Dimitri Payet has created more chances (478) than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues since the start of 2012/13. pic.twitter.com/nzEIlxLMba
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 30, 2017
Yes there are questions about his attitude and the way he went about forcing a move to Ligue 1, but his contribution to West Ham over the last 18 months is undeniable.
With 18 assists and 11 goals in that time from midfield, he’s been a key creative driving for the Hammers and Irons fans will be hoping that the incoming Robert Snodgrass can live up to his billing and be a similar attacking force at the London Stadium.