Supporters of West Ham United have aired that they were left gutted following a Twitter post from the Hammers for Dimitri Payet’s birthday.
On Sunday, it was the Frenchman’s 33rd birthday and to mark the occasion the club posted footage of the attacker playing for the Irons (as per West Ham), which left fans gutted.
Dimitri Payet turns 33 today. This goal was pretty special… ? pic.twitter.com/H0O86JirjI
— West Ham United (@WestHam) March 29, 2020
cheers i’m crying now
— Tom? (@TomWhu16) March 29, 2020
Don’t care if he’s 45 bring him home
— chris (@whuchr) March 29, 2020
i beg you stop posting about this guy he left 3 years ago and we’re never getting him back
— George? (@ftblgeorge_) March 29, 2020
Would you welcome Dimitri Payet back if he was ever to return to West Ham?
No, he burned his bridges
Yes, he's too good to not
The 33-year-old attacker was a West Ham player for one and a half seasons, having arrived from and departed for Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille (per Transfermarkt).
While in London, the attacker featured in 60 appearances for the Hammers, during which he bagged 15 goals and 23 assists (per Transfermarkt) and the club’s latest post had fans missing their former man.
Come back king
— kieran? (@ftkieran) March 29, 2020
One fan even suggested that the world would have imploded if Eden Hazard had replicated Dimitri Payet’s highlight reel, which suggests that they feel the Frenchman was underrated during his time at the London Stadium, with Peter Reid even highlighting two of his underrated features back in 2016.
However, comparing Dimitri Payet and Eden Hazard isn’t really fair, as the former only featured in 60 games, producing 15 goals and 23 assists, whereas the Belgian made over 300 appearances and netted 112 goals, as well as providing 92 assists for his team-mates in Europe and domestically.
Imagine if this had been Hazard, world would have imploded
— #GSBOut (@SKV2020_) March 29, 2020
Best I’ve ever seen in a Hammers jersey , what a waste in the end
— Darren Butler (@boogiebutler7) March 29, 2020
— Lord Wheeler (@LukeWheeler69) March 29, 2020
What do we think?
While the Frenchman left London under a cloud (per The Guardian) it is clear to see that the attacker still has a lot of respect from supporters and they would love to see him back.
During this season, Payet has featured in 27 games in all competitions for his Ligue 1 club, during which he has scored 12 and assisted six (per Transfermarkt). Proving that his abilities are not waining with age.