West Ham and Newcastle have enjoyed differing fortunes with their summer signings.
West Ham and Newcastle both completed some major restructuring over the summer, bringing in a number of players to ensure they were pushing towards the top end of the Premier League table.
However, this has yet to work out for both sides, with West Ham enjoying a great start to the season, and the Magpies sitting rock-bottom having yet to win a game.
Two players have been showing the differences between the teams this season, both of whom were signed in the summer after excelling with their former clubs in their respective leagues.
The Hammers brought in Dimitri Payet from Marseille, having seen him score seven goals and create 21 more in 36 games. He was arguably the best playmaker in Ligue 1 last season, and West Ham made a great move in signing him.
Newcastle signed their own new attacking midfielder, preferring to look towards the Netherlands for a player who scored 14 goals and registered four assists in 33 appearances. Georginio Wijnaldum was named Eredivise player of the year, and he is now turning out at St James’ Park.
Both stars were expected to be the catalysts that pushed their team up the Premier League table this term, but only one has truly shown his talents as of yet.
Payet has been a key part of the Hammers’ start to the season, scoring three goals and registering one assist, whilst Wijnaldum’s influence on Tyneside has been negligible.
The 24-year-old scored a great header on his debut, but he has been on the periphery since then, providing little in terms of the attacking threat he was meant to bring.
The different levels in their performances came to the fore on Monday evening, as Payet scored twice to lead the Hammers to victory over a lacklustre Newcastle side.
Wijnaldum did nothing, whist Payet ran the show, and the performances have shown just how far ahead of the Dutchman Payet is.
It is hard to understand why that is the case, considering many expected Wijnaldum to have an immediate impact, but it appears as if he is struggling to fit into the current Newcastle set-up.
Whether he is unsuited to the players around him, or if McClaren is playing a system which does not play to his strengths, remains to be seen, but Wijnaldum has failed to live up to his exceptional talents so far.
Payet looks to be loving life at the Boleyn Ground, and Newcastle fans will be hoping that Wijanldum can start to show some of the form that the Frenchman has been in in the coming weeks if the Magpies are to fight themselves out of the relegation places.