Dimitri Payet’s Premier League debut was exactly how we all expected it to be.
Having signed for the club with a reputation of being an assist king in France earlier this summer, it was always going to be important for him to hit the ground running and start notching up the assists straight away.
And he did that against Arsenal last week as he found Cheikhou Kouyate with a free-kick to put the Hammers 1-0 up at the Emirates.
His overall performance was impressive; he worked hard, showcased some flair, pace and good passing accuracy, which is exactly what we were expecting from him.
And we’ll be hoping for him to have an ever bigger impact on his home debut today, particularly when you consider he’ll probably be allowed a lot more time on the ball against a weaker side than Arsenal.
As you can see from his last two seasons with Marseille, Payet thrives off assisting his teammates, but is also happy to chip in with the goals himself…
From 77 Ligue games over the last two year, Payet registered 24 assists and scored 15 goals. That’s quite an impressive stat.
And he’s already got one assist from one game in the famous claret and blue, which is certainly going to rise as the season progresses.
We can’t afford to rely solely on him to make things happen, and we’ve got enough attacking options to ensure that doesn’t happen, but Payet is set to become one of the signings of the season.
Starting today, with an assist and a goal in a 2-0 win over Leicester – obviously.
Here’s how Marseille did with and without him last season…
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