West Ham fans are delirious not deluded as new song proves Payet has sealed hero status

Upton Park

Sam Allardyce has referred to West Ham fans as 'deluded' after his time at the club but he's wrong ... they're delirious, and it's thanks to a new hero.

After years without a genuine hero figure West Ham United fans are spoilt for choice this season.

While the Hammers had plenty of good servants like Kevin Nolan during Allardyce's tenure, none had really endeared themselves to the Upton Park faithful enough to earn hero status.

Big Sam signed players who he knew would "do a job" for the club, players he knew would suit his pragmatic style.

But the terraces are awash with new songs for players this season, with the East Londoners scoring goals for fun, sitting pretty in fourth place in the table and boasting the best away record in the Premier League.

There was one song ringing out louder than and longer than any other at Selhurst Park on Saturday when the Hammers beat Crystal Palace 3-1.


French star Dimitri Payet has been nothing short of sensational since his summer move from Marseille.

His exquisite skill in sitting Eagles 'keeper Wayne Hennesey down before nonchalantly chipping him to seal the three points was a watershed moment in Payet's West Ham career as it has sealed the hero status Hammers fans do not easily bestow on a player.

The last genuine Hammers hero was probably Carlos Tevez back in 2006/7 and it has been a long eight year wait since.

Payet has many similarities to Tevez but Hammers fans will be hoping he sticks around longer than the Argentine's single season in the claret and blue.

While the likes of Manuel Lanzini and James Collins were being serenaded by the visiting fans at Selhurst Park it was the new Payet ditty which was belted out long into the night.

Love or loathe the chant, which is sung to the tune of Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart, Hammers fans are just glad they finally have a player worthy of a new song again.

Where Allardyce spent £10.75 million on Matt Jarvis, Bilic spent less on Payet. No wonder they can't stop signing.

The Payet song:

We've got payet, Dimitri payet,

I just don't think you understand,

He's super Slaven's man,

He's better than Zidane,

We've got Dimitri Payet

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