Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to react to a rumour linking them with an unexpected move for Dimitri Payet.
According to French outlet LeSport10, the Whites attempted to lure the playmaker back to England this summer from Marseille, where he now plies his trade after leaving West Ham in 2017.
The report even goes as far as to suggest that Marcelo Bielsa personally spoke to the 33-year-old in an effort to convince him to join.
It is understood, however, that the Frenchman has instead agreed to a new long term deal that will keep him with the Ligue 1 side for the foreseeable future.
Judging by the reactions of many supporters online, that could be a blessing in disguise too.
There’s no doubting Payet’s quality on his day.
12 goals and six assists last season speak for themselves, as does the fact that he had a higher pass completion rate, total acton success rate, and dribble success rate than Pablo Hernandez last term, as per Wyscout.
But there’s no escaping the perception that he is a luxury player either, and we all know that there can be no such thing in Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
The Whites have been transformed into a hard-working, hard-running, hard-hitting unit under the Argentine.
You would be hesitant to describe Payet as any of those things, and a player with such a reputation and focus on his individual qualities would surely prove to be more of a hinderance than a help to Bielsa’s newly promoted side.
Here are some of the best tweets from unconvinced supporters:
Pffff no way. They had a bad relationship at marseille.
— Englishman In Marseille (@anglomarseille) September 14, 2020
His attitude was appalling when he was last in tje prem
— Monkey Head (@monkeyhead78) September 14, 2020
Any very flakey, just ask West Ham- made up story
— david roberts (@davidro83728290) September 14, 2020
Questionable attitude, never a Bielsa player. Can't see how that's accurate
— Peter Barry (@PeterBarry81) September 14, 2020
Mercenary .. hope we’re not in for him.
— Rich🏆EPL (@Rich30603317) September 14, 2020
100% not a chance bielsa would want him legs are bound to be going too
— thomasdorrian10🏆 (@thomasdorrian) September 14, 2020
If it is true thank goodness we side stepped it
— Simon Robinson (@Sy_Robo) September 14, 2020
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