The 28-year-old ace had a stunning season in France, scoring seven goals and adding a further 16 assists as Marseille just missed out on a Champions League qualification place.
Ligue 1 observers simply couldn’t fathom the idea of Payet leaving arguably France’s second biggest club for West Ham, a side who struggled badly towards the back-end of last season.
Still, the transfer materialised and the Frenchman has been an overwhelming success so far, contributing with three goals and four assists as the Hammers sit proudly near the top of the table.
Payet’s success so far shows the sort of calibre of player teams can get from abroad, and in the coming transfer windows West Ham shouldn’t hesitate in heading straight back to Ligue 1 in order to pick up his possible successor.
In Payet’s absence, a new classy attacking midfielder in the form of Bordeaux’s Wahbi Khazri has been earning widespread praise for a number of excellent performances.
The Tunisia international, 24, already has four goals and five assists to his name, all while starting as an attacking midfielder looking to wreak havoc the moment he approaches the opposition penalty area.
Khazri has contributed to more than just goals and assists; he averages 3.8 key passes, 2.1 accurate crosses and 2.4 successful take-ons per Ligue 1 encounter.
At this rate, he looks like bettering Payet’s astonishing record last season by quite some distance and considering his side currently lie in 14th position in the table, that is quite some feat.
Some may question whether a possible move to the Hammers would be a good idea with Payet currently exceeding in an attacking midfield role, but Khazi is versatile and can also play in wider areas.
At just 24, he has plenty of potential to boot and is surely destined for greater things in the future.