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Slaven Bilic Perfectly Sums Up Dimitri Payet's Importance To West Ham In One Sentence

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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The tune from the West Ham fans in the terraces proclaims "We've got Payet, Dimitri Payet, I just don't think you understand..", but with every performance in a West Ham shirt we get a better understanding as to why the Upton Park faithful are head-over-heels in love with their French star.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hammers brushed Blackburn aside in the FA Cup, and the former Marseille man put on a clinic as he dictated the game from the middle, scoring twice and assisting once in a performance that oozed class.

After the game, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was asked by the BBC how important Payet is to the current set-up, and his response was wonderfully put:

I have to get poetry lessons to describe his importance to us.

Simple, yet effective.

The West Ham fans of course have beaten the Croatian to it, and it's easy to see why. Just look at what he got up to on Sunday.

First, he curled in a perfect free-kick, made all the better by starting the celebration before the ball hit the back of the net:



It absolutely makes a free-kick look better if you jog off in celebration prematurely. While you can look like a tit if the keeper claws it out, Payet knew it was destined for the top corner.

Then he decided to run the pitch for a few laughs:


Head and shoulders above anyone else on the pitch. We did a feature on just how West Ham managed to sign him in the summer, and their fans will again be wondering just how he ended up in the claret and blue.

And just for good measure, a touchdown-pass of an assist for new boy Emenike:



Stop it, Dimitri, you're spoiling us.

What a supremely talented player. A joy to watch for the neutral, after leading Europe in assists while at Marseille last season, he has made adapting from French football to the Premier League look like a walk in the park, which any Newcastle fan will tell you is not the case.

SEE ALSO: The Curious Case Of Dimitri Payet: How Did All The 'Big' Clubs Miss Out On His Talents?

SEE ALSO: Watch: Dmitri Payet Completely Embarrasses Teammates In Training


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