West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has asked Dimitri Payet to treat criticism as compliment as he tries to get the best out of the French maverick.
Payet, who signed a five-year contract in February, made a fine start last season as he scored nine Premier League goals and claimed 13 assists to propel the club to finish seventh, their best league finish since 2002.
The 29-year-old’s struggle to rediscover the same form this season has drawn criticism from the fans, but Bilic called it back-handed compliment.
He says: “I see Messi or Ronaldo. If they don’t score for two games they are criticised…”
“It’s a compliment of course. He [Payet] should be like: ‘They are not criticising me, they are expecting much more from me’. Why are they expecting of me much more? Because I am Payet.
“And because of what I have done last year.’”