West Ham star named player of the year at London Football Awards, he and fans react

Dimitri Payet has been honoured for his outstanding debut season in English football and Hammers fans think it's the right decision.

West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet has been named player of the year at the 2016 London Football Awards in recognition of an outstanding debut season.

The Frenchman arrived at Upton Park from Marseille in the summer and has slotted straight into life in English football, becoming a star in the Hammers side with a series of impressive performances.

The 28-year-old has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 27 appearances for the club despite missing two months of the season with injury between November and January, and has been touted as a potential winner of the Premier League player of the year award.

Now, he has been recognised for his displays by being voted as London's player of the year ahead of Tottenham's 19-goal striker Harry Kane, Chelsea midfielder Willian, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, and Watford's 15-goal star Odion Ighalo.

Payet himself was clearly proud of the honour, and thanked Slaven Bilic, the club, and the supporters in an Instagram post.


I am very honoured and proud to receive this trophy tonight. I would like to thank all those who selected me. When I look at the list of nominees they are all excellent players from excellent clubs. It makes this trophy even more special. I would like to say thank you to my club West Ham and all those who work there every day. My coach Slaven Bilic as well as all the team. Without them I wouldn't be here. Of course a special thank you to all hammer supporters. Finally, I would like to dedicate this trophy to my wife, present tonight as well as our 3 gorgeous sons, my parents and all those close to us in good and more difficult times. Thank You to all of you!!! @whufc_official #westham #coyi #whufc #hammers #thelondonfootballawards2016 #teamboumbam

A photo posted by Dimitri Payet (@payetdimitri27) on

Unsurprisingly, West Ham fans were quick to suggest that he deserved the honour, but even some fans of other clubs could not deny the midfielder the award.

Here is some of the best reaction to the announcement on Twitter:

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