Jamie Redknapp suggests a big potential problem now facing Dimitri Payet

Jamie Redknapp

The West Ham star has enjoyed a great start to life at Upton Park but it may now be harder to keep it up.

Jamie Redknapp feels West Ham United's Dimitri Payet may now become a victim of his own success in east London, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, the pundit and former midfielder now sees defences aiming to mark him more closely and aim to stop him from producing his magic.

Redknapp told Sky: "I saw him play a lot last year in France and I really liked him. He can see a pass, score a goal and he's enjoying the Premier League.

"Teams will be aware of him now, mark him more closely than they did before and try to stop him playing."

It's certainly something to consider for West Ham, with Harry Kane's current lack of goals, for instance, not necessarily a sign of the Tottenham Hotspur star struggling but simply being given far more attention by defenders.

For Payet, it hasn't been a problem yet - Liverpool and Newcastle were all over the place and couldn't mark the Frenchman if they wanted to. But some of the best centre-backs in the Premier League will now be given specific instructions to deal with the 28-year-old, while the lower-ranked teams will set up deliberately to stop him.

It will be interesting to see how Manchester City set up to deal with the Frenchman. Manuel Pellegrini has never been one to prepare for specific games - his failures in the Champions League this week being yet further evidence of that. But, if City bring their recent league form against West Ham, it may be enough to neutralise Payet in that he simply won't get on the ball.

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