Dimi’s amazing free kick/goals conversion rate




Regular readers will know us over here at ClaretandHugh aren’t big on stats – news is more our scene!

But because we are about to reveal the truth on Dimitri Payet’s amazing free kicks we are happy to make an exception.

They show a pretty Β extraordinary conversion rate from free kicks to goals since he became the Irons regular free kick taker.

The figures we are quoting here also include the incredible 37 yard goal he scored on his return to the French international team last week.

Dimi started taking free kicks on January 12 in the goal-less draw at home against Stoke City and since then he has struck 10 of them for five goals – an extraordinary 50 per cent conversion rate.

He has also hit the post and forced a save of the season qualifier out of Manchester City and England keeper Joe Hart so with just a touch more luck he would have had a 70 per cent conversion rate.

The stats are amazing by anyone’s standards but there are literally no words to describe the quality of his strikes.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • canchaz says:

    Wonderful kick but still a bad weekend for us. Little to no chance for top four now so we need to put everything into winning the cup.

    • WHU647580 says:

      Glad you’re back in for the cup chaz, personally I think both are still possible if we don’t have too many more crap ref decisions.

  • West Ham Exile says:

    You are a real gloomy man Canchaz.We are 3pts behind 4th place.I hope the players don’t quit as fast as you do!

  • johnboy says:

    Don’t worry canch , mancs will slip up , we still have them at the old girl under the lights , twice ,as long as we can stop them getting above us will do me , and win the FA cup ,
    Mancs not in Europe , what a result ! It ain’t over till its over ! All to play for !

  • West Ham Exile says:

    No shock on Wetpants that The Queen returns & it all kicks off again,ha ha lol.Common thread there I believe.Funny πŸ˜€

  • bubs says:

    Listened to the game on the radio and the person reporting said the keeper was at fault,
    The reason the keeper stay one side is to try and false the taker to put it in the other side,
    That’s the gamble but that’s what make Payet so good,even some of the best in the world ever would have had trouble getting near that ball,
    Best he has taken so far

  • Billy the Hammer says:

    Danm I hope Percy the pigeon doesn’t caught by any stray buckshot,haha.Perhaps he should seek refuge here until it calms down πŸ˜€

    • WHU647580 says:

      Offer of Food and a roof or should I say coop, you’re too kind Billy lol πŸ˜‰

      • Billy the Hammer says:

        Lol,so glad your safe,I was concerned some shrapnel might have got you,lol.I can sleep well tonight now.Put on a bullet proof vest before you fly back πŸ˜€

  • Gobby says:

    Well I guess P45 & Banjo can’t take the rap this time,lol.Don’t why it always goes off on there when the lady returns.She definitely seems to be the central player in most major disputes though.

  • Billy the Hammer says:

    Lol,I think it’s well funny.The lads on here are the so called Rabid Dogs but it is like a hippy peace camp here compared to all the drama on there,lol.Funny as F#ck.

  • TysonM says:

    Suppose we at least argued as rabid dogs about football & Hippo head.Not some of the stupid things that bunch fight over,lol.A few of them must have nappyrash πŸ˜€

  • Gobby says:

    Blimey I think it did me a favour getting banned even if I don’t know why,lol.Only read the site for a little more than a month & all I have seen is bickering.What is ever wrong with them?.It was my understanding from there this site had the crazy guys on it,lol

  • Sams P45 says:

    Haha,well no one can blame this time for a change,lol.Really miss all Lids Jack Russells chomping at my ankles,haha πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Gobby says:

    You are probably the reason I got banned from Wetpants P45.I shouldn’t have stood up for you,lol.I wasn’t a face on there,it cost me my WHTID freedom & liberty,lol

  • Billy the Hammer says:

    Expect you deserved it Gobs,you seem a troublemaker,lol
    I guess while they fight with themselves they can’t blame us,that will be a first πŸ™‚

  • Gobby says:

    Thanks Billy,very understanding of you,lol.Too late to say you guys won’t take the heat though,you have been blamed,lol,priceless.Some Jeff fella has been accused of being from here.If in doubt blame the Claret & Hugh lads seems the thought process on there.I would have contributed to the convos tonight if I wasn’t blocked,lol.I blame P45,lol

  • Billy the Hammer says:

    Oh well I spoke too soon Gobby.Don’t surprise me we would take the blame.Mind you we normally blame them if some idiot comes on here πŸ˜€

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I remember when Zola was playing he was the bet free kick taker in the World and his conversion rate was 1 in 3 so yes it is trully exceptional.

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