Payet has picked up an injury which will keep him out of action until 2016, but the French playmaker has told the official West Ham website that there are two players in the first-team squad who can replace him in the starting XI.
He said: “I am very confident that the team can do well without me and that the coach can find a solution to carry on this good run. That is what a team is about and everyone needs to perform at their best. Manuel [Lanzini] and Mauro [Zarate] are very good players and I have no doubts they will perform well in my absence and bring the team exactly what it needs.”
Payet’s absence will be heavily felt by the Hammers, with his influence upon the team central to their early season success.
He is their leading goalscorer, and has also created the most goalscoring opportunities of any West Ham player, and nearly all the Hammers’ attacking play has gone through Payet.
However, this will now have to change, and other players will have to step up to the plate and prove their worth in his absence.
Payet believes that Lanzini and Zarate are the two players who can emulate him whilst out injured, and the former has certainly shown he has the ability to.
He has been another creative force in the West Ham side, despite being played on the left-wing, and Lanzini could thrive even further if he is pushed into the central number 10 role which is now vacant.
Zarate is a more natural winger, and has shown his talents in that position, but he will come to more prominence with Payet out of action.
The Hammers are sure to struggle to adapt to Payet’s absence, but they bought in enough players over the summer to ensure they can deal with this situation and keep their great form going.