The attacking midfielder arrived in East London with a reputation as one of the best players in France, scoring seven goals and adding a sublime 16 assists for Marseille during the 2014/15 campaign.
So far in West Ham colours, Payet has four goals and three assists in eight Premier League starts, and on Saturday he was once again at the centre of everything good about his side’s play.
|Team||Chances Created via Key Passes||Mins Played|
|Dimitri Payet||West Ham||7||90|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 28-year-old created a whopping seven chances for his teammates via key passes and he can feel slightly aggrieved that his side only managed to draw.
The Hammers started Saturday’s match at Sunderland poorly, conceding two first-half goals and were lucky not have conceded more as the Black Cats asserted full control.
However, a Carl Jenkinson finish just before half-time brought them back in to it and a Jeremain Lens red card offered the visitors a lifeline – one which Payet took minutes later.
The French international scored the equaliser and then provided his side with numerous opportunities to find a winner, yet rash finishing from Diafra Sakho allowed the hosts to survive with a point.
Payet’s seven key passes were three more than next best Robbie Brady of Norwich City and Liverpool midfielder James Milner, an intriguing statistic which further demonstrates the 28-year-old's creative brilliance.