Slaven Bilic believes that West Ham missing Dimitri Payet is like Barcelona missing Lionel Messi.
The Frenchman has missed the first few league games of the season through injury, and made our list of players we can’t wait to watch.
West Ham have started the season in sluggish fashion, but Bilic believes that the loss of Payet makes that inevitable.
“Every big club is suffering if their best player is not playing,” Bilic said.
“They are not panicking at Barcelona but they are saying Messi is injured they are at least a little bit not happy with that and their roster is unbelievable.
“Of course they (the best players) make the difference, they are making all the players around them more confident, better and Payet does that for us.”
Bilic also confirmed that Payet was now fit after his injury setback:
“He’s definitely going to be in the squad and if he is fit and ready — and I think he will be because we spoke a couple of times during these couple of weeks —he is going to start the game.”
Slaven Bilic on Dimitri Payet: “He will definitely be in the squad. I am expecting him to be fit and ready." pic.twitter.com/AVDLySdsop
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