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Chelsea’s No.2 ‘keeper – who should actually be their No.1 – was on that horrendously cheesy Fantasy Football Club show, when he was asked to name the one opponent he’d like the Blues to sign:
“I would go for Dimitri Payet at West Ham.
“He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic talent, he’s someone who I’d like to sign, possibly.”
The West Ham midfielder has been enjoying himself during his debut season in the Premier League – even bagging himself an inflated new weekly wage of £125,000-per-week in February. However, is the France international the player to reinvigorate the Blues after a comically bad campaign?
First things first, it would be great to see a free-kick ‘off’ between Payet and Chelsea’s resident free-kick specialist Willian.
Payet is quaint, deft and agile on the ball; he can see a pass, can find the back of the net and he can find pockets of space in between the opposition’s defence and midfield.
All those traits seem to fit the type of player Chelsea have in Oscar, Willian, Fabregas and Hazard. However, those four also possess the work-rate and stamina to track back and defend, something the former Marseille man hasn’t really demonstrated.
MOST CHANCES CREATED THIS SEASON (inc. assists)
137 – Ozil
105 – Eriksen
102 – Payet
75 – Willian
71 – De Bruyne pic.twitter.com/xavRYmqd6U
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 25, 2016
There’s always that risk that players are just flavours of the month before bottoming out into obscurity – Chelsea being linked with a five-figure move for then-Blackburn Rovers striker, Benni McCarthy, always amuses.
Payet’s career so far would suggest he is a specialist in orchastrating moves by being a one-season wonder. In his final season with Saint-Etienne, the attacking-midfielder notched 13 league goals, whereas the season before he bagged just two and he made more appearances.
Final season with Lille, 12 goals and 13 assists compared to six goals and six assists the campaign before. And that trend continues for his time with Marseille, five assists in his debut season and then 16 in the next.
Ian Wright: "Payet and Alli have been better than Ozil"https://t.co/H5fl1qgD6c
— West Ham Stats (@WestHamStats) April 23, 2016
With rules and regulations around Financial Fair Play and homegrown talents being continually tightened, Chelsea are going to have to start being more sensible with their spending and promoting of their youth.
Is signing a 29-year-old attacking midfielder, for a no doubt embarrassingly inflated fee, going to inspire their youth players that they’ll get a chance? Why don’t we ask, Dominic Solanke…