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Victims of their own success?

Friday 9th December 2016
The life of a professional football player is arguably one of the toughest professions that there is. Yes, there is the money, the glamour and the overall perceived better lifestyle.

One thing in the case of a professional footballer is that we forget that they are human beings. In the case of West Ham United's Dimitri Payet, who was one of the bright lights in the Premier League last season, the Frenchman has found it hard to replicate such form this season.

Former Marseille midfielder Payet's troubles could be put down to West Ham getting distracted by overtures from, reportedly, Manchester United, Arsenal as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The speculation of a transfer from Dimitri Payet was not only due to a stellar season domestically with West Ham, but the 29-year old also excelled for his country France in Euro 2016, which was played in France.

With a glowing reputation now built thanks to excellent performances on the biggest stage, the challenge for West Ham to keep their star man was crucial.

Keep him they did, but after his start to the current season, it could be argued was the battle worth it?
As good a season as Dimitri Payet had last year, it maybe could be argued that his loyalty that he showed, or the failure to secure the transfer he desired away from West Ham, is affecting both the club and the player.

There are a couple of more examples, sorry Leicester fans both examples are from your club. I am sure you must have guessed it, I am referring to the talents of Jamie Vardy and last years player of the year Riyad Mahrez.

Both Mahrez and Vardy were instrumental in helping unfancied Leicester City get crowned Premier League champions. Just like in the case of Payet, both players were linked with moves away from the club.

Englishman Vardy was apparently close to signing for Arsenal as was his Algerian teammate Riyad Mahrez. As we know, both turned down The Gunners and just like in the case of West Ham midfielder Payet, maybe their form has dipped as a result?

If we to point out the stats, Jamie Vardy is on a barren spell in terms of goal scoring and quite clearly looks short of confidence. Although the slump can't be entirely blamed on either of these Leicester players, it's still concerning all the same how badly both players have fallen from grace this season.

The reason why I argue that Mahrez's and Vardy's struggles aren't all entirely their fault is due to the fact that arguably they're missing the influence of N'Golo Kante.

In the case of Kante, the Frenchman left when he felt the time was right to do so, for his own career. Myself included when I say this, but there were a lot of eyebrows raised when the former Leicester man swapped the East Midlands for West London.

Kante's decision has most definitely been justified. Moral of the story? Sometimes loyalty can come back to haunt you. Well, only time will tell if that's truly the case.

Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.

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