Name: Dimitri Payet
With West Ham United currently just a point adrift of fifth placed Manchester United in the Premier League table, and the club’s hierarchy desperate to qualify for European football next season once they have moved into their luxurious Olympic Stadium this summer, the late form of influential midfielder Dimitri Payet is set to play a huge role in the Hammers’ fortunes up until May.
The 28-year-old, who has 15 international caps for France and who is tipped to feature for his homeland during the forthcoming 2016 UEFA European Championships starting in June, has arguably proved himself as the English top-flight’s best buy throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
Payet, who arrived at the Boleyn Ground for a reported fee believed to be around £10m from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille back in June, has spearheaded Slaven Bilic’s side’s mission to achieve qualification for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League in their final 12 league games.
The central midfielder has scored an impressive seven goals and provided five crucial assists in just 19 league appearances for West Ham so far this summer.
The Hammers dearly missed their star summer addition during his ankle injury lay-off earlier in the campaign; but with the Frenchman back firing on all cylinders, the Londoners have every chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top five if they can keep him fit until mid-May.