Following the breakdown in relationship between Dimitri Payet and Slaven Bilic, West Ham supporters’ views on the Frenchman quickly changed.
After a successful 2015/16 season, Payet made it clear he wanted out of the club mentioning homesickness as a reason as to why while also stating he would not play for the Hammers again (via Daily Mirror).
Understandably, that left the West Ham faithful fuming, although there was, of course, a point where they adored the 31-year-old and what he brought to the team.
— West Ham Stuff (@WestHamStuff) December 29, 2015
@iamironman___ get in my man! what a signing!
— Connor Mainstone (@ConnorMainstone) June 26, 2015
— Steve Croft (@IronsCrofty) June 26, 2015
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— Mart (@martm8) June 26, 2015
A France international blessed with an abundance of technical ability, Payet joined West Ham back in the summer of 2015 from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in what can only be described as a coup for the club.
The brilliance of Payet helped inspire the Hammers to a sseventh-placefinish and into the Europa League, instantly helping the attacking midfielder to become a fan favourite.
However, the following campaign where the east London club made their transition from Upton Park to the London Stadium, Payet’s performances and the team’s, as a whole, dipped before the playmaker was sold back to Marseille.
With the way he went about things on route to his departure from the London stadium, West Ham supporters’ love for Payet turned to hate.
But despite that and the fact that he was only in east London for a season and a half, there is no denying how good Payet was for the club.
He elevated a bottom half of the table side, who played dire football under Sam Allardyce, into an exciting team good enough to secure qualification for European football.
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