Slaven Bilic explains why Leicester man should win player-of-the-year if Payet doesn't

Payet Skill

The West Ham boss has been discussing the Frenchman - and Leicester.

West Ham United head coach Slaven Bilic believes Dimitri Payet should win the player of the year award - but wants a Leicester City player to claim the accolade should the playmaker miss out, according to his regular column in the London Evening Standard.

Indeed, Bilic has raved about the 28-year-old - and why not?

But he feels Leicester boast the best and most deserving candidates to be player of the year if Payet isn't considered the Premier League's form player this season.

The Croat told the Standard: "I would vote for Dimitri Payet but I am not objective, I want to praise my players. It depends on the criteria. If you are looking at performance, the player’s importance to the team and the impact he has on a game, then definitely nobody has done better than Dimitri.

"If the yardstick is a player who helped a team challenge for the title, then probably it would go to a Leicester player or someone from another team at the top."

The candidates

If a Leicester man does take the award home, the biggest candidate would be Riyad Mahrez. Jamie Vardy also has a strong chance, however, while many are big admirers of Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante.

And, if a non-Leicester star were to claim the accolade, there are few better candidates than West Ham's Payet - Bilic has explained why.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham should also be considered, though, along with a handful of others...

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