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Top heavy Payet hit with overweight charge

One time Hammers hero Dimitri Payet has been criticised for piling on the pounds during his time at Marseille!

The ex-Hammers star returned to France in 2017.

He has been a key member of the squad ever since, and he has made a total of 220 appearances for the club.

This season, though, he seems to be struggling.

Working under former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, he has scored once in Ligue 1 in five appearances, but was sent off against Lyon and was suspended for their two most recent games.

In the Champions League, Marseille have yet to win, and were thumped 3-0 by Porto last time out, with Payet missing a penalty.

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And former goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta has pulled no punches in his assessment of Payet’s form, while also insisting that he is simply too heavy to be in top shape.

Quoted by Get French Football News, he said: “I was watching it via video with my son who is in the AS Monaco youth academy, and I felt his disappointment when Dimitri (Payet) missed the penalty. It hurt me.

The worst thing is when you see the youngsters disappointed when certain players who have lost 3-0 are still smiling. It makes me want to throw punches… And then, when you are a professional, it is not normal to weigh 100kg (15.7 stone, in old money), that is the equivalent of not loving your club.”

The attacking midfielder has changed his haircut, and does appear somewhat stockier than he was when he was wowing fans in east London but this does feel like a rather personal attack on the former Iron.

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8 comments on “Top heavy Payet hit with overweight charge

  1. 15.7 is not old money, that a fraction, which is new money. 100kg in old money is 15 stone, 10 pounds and 8 ounces

  2. If the photo is recent – there is no way that that chap weighs 15st 10lbs or even near that. Sounds like a character assassination job. Motive??
    COYI

  3. No surprise there then……. We got the BEST of him, and Marseille….got what they deserved.
    He would Never have played for West Ham if this Wasn’t his personality type… He has ABILITY by the Bucketload, and in 2016 he ruled the world and carried West Ham with him. But the downside is that he has the dedication and mentality of a child.
    At West Ham, he lost his team mates by the time he had left the club and that trend seems to be continuing at Marseille. He’s now on the downward slope in his career and his ego has finally taken over from any common-sense that he had left.

  4. A heavyweight, indeed. Lennox or Bruno, anyone? Almost unbelievable, right?

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