Since the departure Sam Allardyce last summer, things at West Ham have been going swimmingly.

Slaven Bilic has implemented a style and management system that not only suits the players down to a tee, but also the fans have warmed nicely to the former Croatia national team boss’ passion on the touchline and his preferred style of football that has resulted in the Hammers currently occupying sixth position in the Premier League table.

Once more, the players Bilic has insisted on bringing to the club have been of the highest quality as the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini have made a great impact at the club.

However, one man has stood out from the rest – Dimitri Payet. At £10.7m from Olympique Marseille, Payet is most definitely the bargain of the season.

His flair, creativity, work rate and eye for goal, especially from set pieces, has meant Payet is being suggested as the Premier League’s player of the season.

Ever since the days of Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez, West Ham have never had a player who oozes class and quality until now.

Payet has bagged nine Premier League goals and eight assists and it is well known that the 29-year-old is one of the deadliest free-kick takers in the world as we recently saw in Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace. Just watching him is as addictive as playing sport themed casino games.

The one glitch is that the likes of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are favourites for the award ahead of Payet, especially give the Frenchman’s absence between November and January due to a knee injury.

But ever since then Payet has been in incredible form for both club and country, and his goals have gone a long way in ensuring we remain well and truly in the fight for a top four finish this season.

So with that in mind, not only should Payet be voted as the Hammer of the Year but also the Premier League’s Player of the Year.

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