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Dimitri Payet's 2015/16 Campaign For West Ham Was Next Level

Dimitri Payet's 2015/16 Campaign For West Ham Was Next Level

You simply cannot have a discussion about players "the streets will never forget' without mentioning Dimitri Payet and in particular his stunning 2015/16 season.

Signed from Marseille for £10.7 million in the summer of 2015, Payet was unplayable for the Hammers in his debut season and brought back the level of X-Factor and entertainment that the Irons' faithful had been crying out ever since Paolo di Canio left.

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Payet was wondrous to watch and played with a real swagger that got West Ham fans up and out of their seats. Not only that but his stats were also extremely impressive, with the Frenchman scoring nine goals and registering 12 assists in the league for Slaven Bilic's side.

Image: PA
Image: PA

THAT rabona assist for Michail Antonio against Watford and the inexplicably sublime free-kick against Wayne Hennessey and Crystal Palace are just two of his incredible moments in the season.

Payet was deservedly named in the PFA Team of the Year for his contributions and his highlights from the term are still a joy to behold.

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In fact, West Ham posted a video of every goal and assist he notched for the club to celebrate his 32nd birthday last year.

There was a little more magic in the second season but halfway through the campaign Payet decided he wanted out and longed for a return to Marseille.

After refusing to play the Frenchman would eventually get his wish in the January window, heading back to Les Olympiens in a £25 million move.

It turned extremely sour towards the end - and a uncensored version of his chant was belted out by West Ham fans as a result- but supporters will never forget what a special player he was.

Explaining his decision to leave, Payet told L'Equipe: "I came back because I had this feeling: I had gone to West Ham without having finished my history with OM.

"I knew where I would put my feet, that I would not be let go, that we would expect a lot from me.

"I did not come back to be quiet, to be easy, otherwise I would have stayed in West Ham."

Topics: Marseille, Football News, Football, West Ham United, Dimitri Payet, France

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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