The 30-year-old left West Ham to re-join L’OM in January and made an immediate impression in Ligue 1 with five goals from 17 appearances in all competitions.

However, the France international has failed to hit the heights this term, with a return of just one goal from 11 outings and the press have been quick to get stuck in.

Alexandre Jacquin, La Provence journalist and Marseille expert said: “A complete failure is a bit harsh, but it’s still a failure in terms of stats, influence on the pitch, and the captain’s armband doesn’t exactly give him more weight in this team.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Riolo said on RMC Sport: “How many kilos does Payet have to lose? He’s a 30m euros transfer. There has to be someone at the club who can tell him he’s about to break the scales?

“He’s plump like a Turkish Delight. He’s a professional football player.”

…rest of the post