Very little used during the season, Dimitri Payet has proven for three games that he deserved more playing time with OM.
Author of a decisive entry against Auxerre two weeks ago, Dimitri Payet also appeared in the legs in Lens with a goal. Two good entries which allowed the captain of Olympique de Marseille to start against Angers, this Sunday at the Vélodrome. Facing the bottom of the championship, the Reunionese was still good with a decisive goal. And if finally, Dimitri Payet had deserved more playing time this season?
Payet unfairly blacklisted at OM?
Igor Tudor made his choices and overall, it is difficult to criticize him given the results of OM but for Jérôme Rothen, the choice to blacklist Dimitri Payet in this way is not trivial. On the RMC antenna, the ex-midfielder of PSG and the French team launched serious accusations against the Croatian coach of OM, explaining in particular that Payet had been the victim of a bad mouth offense on the part of Igor Tudor this season.
“We know very well that at the start of the season there was a small offense of dirty mouth. Before setting up his game plan, the first thing that (Igor) Tudor did was to dismiss Dimitri Payet, the captain, who had been a great architect of OM’s second place last year. last. In terms of results over the season, we can’t say that it proved Igor Tudor wrong. But during the match, very often, we saw the shortcomings of Olympique de Marseille and we wondered more than once why Dimitri Payet was not playing. For two and a half months, he has almost only 200 minutes in his legs. For a 36-year-old player, it’s sure that it’s problematic to keep vision, clairvoyance and class when you’re called on.” analyzed Jérôme Rothen.
The RMC consultant goes further by saying that if Dimitri Payet had been used more by Igor Tudor, OM might have already secured second place, which escapes them three days from the end with two points behind Lens. . “We feel that he could have brought more. Especially given the shortcomings that there were, especially in the second part of the season, where it lacked creativity and technical class. And I find that there is no equivalent to (Dimitri) Payet in this role (…) He could very well fit into the Tudor system. We saw it against Angers. With a more present (Dimitri) Payet, OM would have already secured their second place. dropped the former Parisian, for whom Igor Tudor was clearly not kind to Dimitri Payet this season and it is ultimately OM who pays the consequences according to the RMC consultant.