Dimitri Payet continued to impress for West Ham on Sunday, grabbing two goals and an assist in the Hammers’ 5-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
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Payet’s goals were both brilliant individual efforts, the first from a bending free kick and the second a solo-run from midfield.
The Frenchman’s play was so good that after the match, West Ham’s official Twitter account took up the hashtag #WeveGotPayet.
Payet’s performance didn’t just impress the club’s social media team, but also the manager Slaven Bilic.
I have to get poetry lessons to describe his importance to us.
I haven’t seen better players than that. He is also doing the dirty work and on the ball he is up there with Luka Modric from the players I have trained so far.
Dimitri is one of the best I have trained and every week I want these questions about him to continue, but it is hard to be surprised.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric is considered one of the best midfielders in the world, which shows how much praise Payet has drawn in his first year at West Ham.
In the Premier League, only Mesut Ozil and Christian Eriksen have created more chances than Payet, who has nine goals and eight assists for the Hammers in all competitions.
West Ham hasn’t won a major trophy in 36 years, but they are now into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. With the poet Payet pulling the strings, this may be the year that drought ends.