Every transfer piece that has been put up has been based around respectable rumours but I wanted to do a piece on the news that transpired the previous day. Dimitri Payet. Slaven Bilic stated this morning that Dimitri Payet does not want to play for West Ham United anymore and this sent the rumour mill into overdrive. The Frenchman enjoyed a good season in his maiden season within the Premier League after joining West Ham the past Summer for a fee of £15mil from Marseille. A good player but is he the player Liverpool need?
Payet scored 9 goals and assisted 12 times in 30 Premier League appearances which led to him being included in the Premier League Team of the Year for 2015/16. This season has not been as fruitful with only 2 goals and 6 assists in 18 appearances. The Frenchman only recently signed a contract extension with the London based club which is why a sale from West Ham does not look likely as West Ham hold all the cards in this case.
Do we need him? Yes and No. Payet is a stunning player. He has the ability to change the game with a set piece or a long ranged pass and his versatility would allow him to fit into Klopp’s system. But this is not about a player and his ability. It is more about how his mental state. Here we have a fantastic player who, after just one good season, thinks he is bigger than his current club. There is always someone who is bigger and someone who pays more. Maybe this is just a case of Payet realising that he may not win silverware as he is coming to wards the end of his peak years as a professional and wants to move for more trophies. But he has still acted disrespectfully and this is something that Klopp would not take too kindly to. Sakho is a perfect example of someone who annoyed Klopp and now looks to be sold by Liverpool.
As a fan, would I take him? Yes because he is a fantastic player but no because we do not need that negativetity or even the chance of animosity being created by anyone regardless of how good the player is. Despite a player’s ability, no player is bigger than the club.