The truth hurts but was Dimitri Payet right about West Ham all along?

Olympique Marseille's latest recruit Payet attends a news conference in Marseille

Dimitri Payet has had a lot to say about why he left West Ham United of late but is he being proved right?

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after he is substituted offWest Ham United's Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers endured a torrid first half of the season in stark contrast to the magnificent debut campaign under Slaven Bilic.

Results have improved drastically in the last two months lifting the East Londoners up to the relative comfort of midtable.

And much of that has been attributed to a tighter bond between the Hammers squad in the wake of wantaway star Payet's controversial exit in January.

Reports in the likes of The Sun claimed Payet was upsetting team morale and ostrichsising himself from teammates in a concerted effort to force through a return to former club Marseille citing family reasons as the motive behind his desire to leave.

But Payet told L'Equipe recently that he actually left because Slaven Bilic played a 'negative' brand of football, he was 'bored' and felt the club was 'regressing'.

"The way we played, the defensive system we used, didn't please me," the France star told L'Equipe.

"You could say I was bored. I had had contact with Marseille and most notably with [Marseille coach] Rudi Garcia, who had a philosophy that I knew well.

"The choice was quick. If I waited six months I would lose six months.

Football Soccer - Marseille v Paris St Germain - French Ligue 1Payet in action for Marseille

"With West Ham at home against Hull, we won 1-0 and they hit the post four times, In the changing room everyone was happy, but the the man of the match that day was the post.

"I thought that I would not have room for improvement. On the contrary, I risked regressing. I need another challenge."

Payet's comments were met with a widespread shrug of the shoulders from Hammers fans while the club told him to 'get on with his life' via a well placed Sky Sports reporter.

West Ham United owners David Gold and David SullivanWest Ham United owners David Gold and David Sullivan

But after three consecutive Premier League defeats to Chelsea, Bournemouth and Leicester the truth is the Frenchman was right.

 

The Hammers are a shadow of the swashbuckling side which missed out on Champions League football by just four points last season.

Currently in 12th there is little chance of them becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap, but things could get bumpy if Bilic's side don't improve soon.

While the former Croatia boss must shoulder his share of the blame, the onus was on owners David Sullivan and David Gold to deliver the high quality signings the club needed to kick on last summer.

They failed miserably to do that and after a giant leap forward last season, West Ham are currently stuck in reverse.

After all the Hammers have moved to their new Olympic Stadium home in order to challenge the Premier League and European elite, so surely survival should not be the height of their ambition.

And while most fans will not relent their stance against Payet, perhaps in the long run his honesty could be exactly what was needed to expose the owners' failures and prompt a reaction.

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