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Slaven Bilic admits Dimitri Payet is unhappy with West Ham's recent Premier League form.
Payet reportedly tore into his West Ham team-mates during the half-time break of Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Southampton, and Hammers' manager Bilic says he understands the frustration of his France playmaker.
Payet, who joined West Ham from Marseille in the summer of 2015 in a £10.7m move, scored 12 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions during his debut season and was named in the PFA Team of the Year by his fellow players.
The Hammers lie third from bottom in the Premier League, with five defeats in their opening six matches, and Bilic admits the mood at the London Stadium is not great.
"I am not happy at the moment. I am not also happy with our points. Why should I be happy?" the Croatian said.
"It is the same with him. He wants his team to be like last year. It is good he is not happy with our performance.
"Because this time last year, he made three assists and scored three goals. It is positive."
Bilic also backed on-loan Italy international Simone Zaza to come good, suggesting that even Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp struggled in his first season at Highbury in 1995 (although the Dutchman in fact ended up scoring 16 goals in his debut season).
Zaza signed on loan from Juventus in August with a view to a permanent club-record £24million switch next year, but has yet to score in his three appearances for his new club so far.
"He is definitely a good player who came from a big club to a new country. New players need time," Bilic continued.
"If we go back and think about Bergkamp, who needed - I don’t know - a year? - the problem now is, and it is quite common with even the best players from abroad, they need time.
"Plus he wasn’t a regular there and didn’t have match fitness."
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