Dimitri Payet has been sensational for West Ham this season and is an absolute shoo-in for the Premier League Team of the Year… right?

The Hammers winger, who signed from Marseille last summer, has took England’s top flight by storm and has even started to make a major impact for the French national side – just in time for this summer’s European Championships.

Payet is a class act and while West Ham boast a rising roster, the Frenchman remains the most talented player at Slaven Bilic’s disposal. The 29-year-old has a unique ability to change games and while he isn’t getting any younger, he is still a world class talent. In years gone by, he was overlooked at Marseille but is now receiving the recognition he deserves at Upton Park.

The France star may face stiff competition for a place in the Team of the Year but he has already beaten Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil to the Best Player in London award – an incredible individual accolade.

However, it’s his team play and work ethic that has helped West Ham climb up the Premier League. In fact, the Hammers are now fifth in the table and are priced at 10/11 with Betway to finish in the top six this season.

And to be fair, a Champions League spot isn’t out of the question just yet. West Ham are one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City and with Bilic’s men in fine form, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.

In addition, West Ham are just 90 minutes away from an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium – the Hammers are certainly on the rise and can be backed at 9/2 to win the competition at

For the Hammers to stand any chance of lifting the crown, they will need Payet to be at his very best.

The influential Frenchman has netted three goals in his last two FA Cup appearances and will be chomping at the bit to help West Ham win the competition for the first time since 1980. With a bit of luck, there’s no reason why they cannot go on to win – especially if Bilic gets his tactics right against Manchester United on April 13th.

Will Payet be selected in the Premier League Team of the Year? Well, it will be an absolute travesty if he misses out.

The likes of Riyad Mahrez, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are all likely to be included and it’s hard to imagine the selectors passing on Payet after his influence on West Ham’s impressive campaign. And if anybody other than these three players deserve to be included, it’s Dimitri Payet.

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