Let’s get something straight right away – West Ham United is not a one man team and sad though it is to lose Dimitri Payet I believe we are going to be okay.
I predicted a possible eight weeks out for the Frenchman in a piece on here earlier so it’s reall depressing to learn it could be up to twelve. I’m no doctor!
What happens now is that manager Slaven Bilic will start earning his money as he looks to find another way in the absence of our main creative force.
I believe he will and it’s wrong and misguided to start suggesting our season is over. This is a quality manager who will have had a plan in his mind for some time given how important a player Dimi has become.
Slaven has surprised everybody in the first third of the season and there’s no reason to believe he can’t do it again, It’s a blow but as I said earlier I reckon the boy Lanzini can step up and make a real impact.
He’s been absolutely terrific so far and had we had a player like him around last season we’d have been well pleased. Now we have him and Payet plus a much deeper squad. We are going to be okay
It’s no good looking at the worst scenario – look for the best and the young Argentinian is all set to start his growing up period and I think he will and become a better player than he is now as a result of the added responsibility.
We have players with creative ability beside him – Moses, Zarate and with Song back there will be some creative guile of a different kind available.
I thought the character and quality we showed against Everton was brilliant and the lads bounced back as I thought they would following the Watford slump.
This is a squad with a great spirit and a team which must be taken very seriously. Payet’s injury is a massive blow but we’ll be okay with this manager in charge. I’m sure of it.