Payet has been a revelation since joining the Hammers and his presence once again told as Slaven Bilic’s men defeated fellow Londoners Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park.
The France international got in among the goals and also provided an assist, yet arguably his most telling contribution was his accuracy when delivering balls into the box.
Whether it was via a free-kick or from wide areas in open play, Payet’s ability to pick out his teammates was outstanding and contributed greatly to his side’s victory.
|Team||Accurate Crosses||Mins Played|
|Dimitri Payet||West Ham||4||90|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Marseille man was bettered by only one Premier League player in terms of crossing and that was Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton.
With Aston Villa struggling near the foot of the table yet having the aerially dominant Rudy Gestede in their ranks, the West Midlands outfit must curse their decision to release Albrighton 15 months ago.
Still, Villa’s loss has been Leicester’s gain and the talented winger was once again instrumental for the Foxes, helping his side come back from two goals down to rescue a point at Southampton.
Albrighton, 25, hit five accurate crosses in total as fellow Englishman Jamie Vardy profited from his teammates’ service to notch two goals and take his impressive season tally to nine.