Mark Noble Suggests That West Ham United Are ‘Happier Without Dimitri Payet’

Mark Noble Suggests That West Ham United Are ‘Happier Without Dimitri Payet’
Feb 9, 2017


Mark Noble has boldly stated that West Ham are doing just fine without their former Frenchman Dimitri Payet, who secured a £25 million move to Marseille in the January transfer window.

After it was recently made clear by Dimitri Payet that his future was no longer in East London, the midfielder forced a transfer to former club Marseille – however West Ham have appeared to have coped well without Payet as the Irons have won three of their four Premier League games since his departure. West Ham beat London rivals Crystal Palace 3-0 just days after the Payet situation broke from Slaven Bilic, followed by 3-1 wins away to Middlesbrough and Southampton.

West Ham captain Mark Noble was interviewed by Sky Sports on Thursday as he expressed his feelings on Dimitri Payet.

“Obviously we were gutted. The manager, as you saw from his press conference, was obviously gutted as well. He had a massive impact on our team because he was a big player in the changing room. The players loved him and would do anything for him.”

“It got a bit disjointed and it was a tough time for all of us. But it has become a happy place again. I think it was on the manager’s chest and mind.”

Despite their ‘best’ attacker leaving the club, West Ham United have managed to score an average of 2.25 goals per game without Dimitri Payet this season, compared to just 1.2 goals per game with the forward this season. The Hammers only had a 37.5% win rate this season with Dimitri Payet in the side, however now hold an impressive 75% win rate since the winger’s departure.

See below West Ham’s goals in their most recent Premier League match away to Southampton last weekend.

Slaven Bilic handled the crisis composedly and did not stand for any nonsense. A lot of managers would show weakness, however not only did the Croatian force Payet to train with the U23 squad but he also told him to repay the £1million loyalty bonuses in his contract whilst publicly demeaning him for everyone to see.

“He didn’t want to get rid of Dimi, but he wanted to get rid of the situation. Obviously we had to deal with all of that and the best way to do that was by winning games, that’s what we’ve done.” Mark Noble explained to Sky Sports.

Days after it was made clear that Dimitri Payet was definitely not staying in England, rumours spread expeditiously that the West Ham first-team had deleted the Frenchman from their Whatsapp group chat. According to reports, West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang removed Dimitri Payet from the group chat after a series of confrontations between the Marseille man and his former teammates. However Mark Noble made it clear to Sky Sports that this was not the case, and the story had been exaggerated:

“No, that is rubbish it’s totally rubbish, I think he was only removed when he had actually signed for Marseille. That was once it was done and his medical was done because obviously you don’t want hundreds of messages going to him when we are here.”

Was Mark Noble being honest or could this be a smokescreen to protect himself and his teammates from being labelled as callous towards Dimitri Payet?

After a positive run of results for West Ham United Slaven Bilic will be aiming for an 8th place finish this season, which would not be all too bad following the injuries and dramas that the 2016/17 season has brought the Hammers. On the other hand Marseille sit in 6th place in Ligue 1 and have experienced inconsistent form as they lost 1-0 to relegation candidates Metz last weekend.

On Thursday Dimitri Payet scored his first goal for Marseille since returning for his second spell in the South of France, scoring a free kick aided by a major deflection.



Marseille fans will hope their £25million signing can display the form that Dimitri Payet demonstrated he is capable of last season before the athlete’s best years are behind him.



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