Payet began his premier league campaign in the 2015/16 season in spectacular fashion after his move from Marseille, scoring 9 in 29 appearances with 12 assists. He transformed West Ham during this period to leave them in 7th position. Unfortunately, he was wholly disappointing at the beginning of this current 2016/17 season, scoring only 2 goals in 17 appearances with only 6 assists.
Since this time, he has decided he no longer wants to play at West Ham, with manager Slaven Bilic confirming his lack of commitment. Someone close to the club has said “He has said that unless he gets a move he will neither train nor play and he will invent an injury.” If you ask me, a player that refuses to play for his club, is a player that has shot himself in the foot as far as transfers are concerned, but will it truly sway other clubs for wanting the starlet?
West Ham have attached a £30m tag on the French player, and are in desperate need of new signings to replace his presence on the pitch. Despite their convincing win over Crystal Palace, I think they should sell while they still can, giving them the best possible chance in signing a replacement during this January transfer window, ad enabling them to get mid-table at a crucial time in the season.
Is Payet the right man for Arsene Wenger & Arsenal? Since losing that man Santi Cazorla at the beginning of the season through injury, Arsenal have lacked creativity in the centre of the field. With Aaron Ramsey not reaching form, is Payet the man for the job? In order for Arsenal to continue their title hopes, and with Cazorla out for another 6 weeks at a minimum, they are in need of a top quality player. Looking past his petty ignorance at West Ham, and his refusal to play, in a better team, and under better circumstances he could be the man that Arsenal are missing.
The question stands as always, will Wenger spend £30m on a player that has no commitment or loyalty to a club that was nothing but good to him? We know Wenger is not a frivolous spender, and will only buy if he feels he could strengthen his team. We also know that Wenger has an affinity for Ramsey, and with the possible return of Wilshere at the end of the season, do Arsenal really need another central midfielder?
For something more realistic than Payet staying at West Ham try our most realistic sports here: UK-K8.com. Keeping him there would heavily reduce their chances of singing a player that could bolster their attack, and thus catapult them into middle-table contention, and in great stead for the following season.