Lanzini, Moses and Antonio must step up for West Ham in Payet's absence

Upton Park

Taking a look at three West Ham United players who have what it takes to replace the goals and the assists of their French play-maker.

Prior to the injury he sustained against Everton at the weekend, West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet was staking a very good claim to be the signing of the season.

The 28-year-old arrived at Upton Park with a big reputation having provided a quite remarkable 21 assists in 36 Ligue 1 games for Marseille last season.

With seven goals in that spell as well, there was little doubt Payet’s signing was a master-stroke, and he quickly proved that to be the case with five goals and four assists in his first 13 matches for the Hammers.

However, an ankle injury has ruled him out for the next three months (as reported by the BBC) so here we take a look at three West Ham players who must step up in Payet’s absence:

Manuel Lanzini

On-loan Argentine Manuel Lanzini has already shown what he is capable of, scoring four goals and setting up two more in 12 first-team appearances.

But with Payet out of the side, the pressure will be on the 22-year-old to perform consistently and ensure West Ham maintain their outstanding start to the season.

Victor Moses

Another player currently on loan at West Ham, Victor Moses has shown glimpses of his undoubted ability.

But a return of one goal and two assists in eight appearances must be improved upon with assist-king Payet out of action for so long.

Michail Antonio

If West Ham are looking for a player to replicate Payet’s assist record, they may already have him on their books despite his lack of game-time so far this season.

Michail Antonio may have only appeared once since he arrived from Nottingham Forest in the summer, but his form for the Championship club last season – in which time he scored 15 goals and provided 14 assists – means he should not be discounted if West Ham are struggling for the edge in Payet’s absence.

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