West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has said his squad is more than capable of dealing with a busy set of league fixtures despite the absence of Dimitri Payet.
The Frenchman suffered an ankle injury in an aggressive challenge from Everton midfielder James McCarthy in the 2-2 draw with the Toffees a fortnight ago.
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He was subsequently ruled out for three months.
Payet has scored five goals and delivered three assists in 12 games during his first season in England and will be sorely missed, despite the manager's protestations.
He was directly involved in 35% of the Hammers goals so far this season, more than any other player at the club.
Bilic said it was no surprise the midfielder had made a bright start.
“We can talk ages about him," said Bilic. "But the main reason is basically he is a good player.
"The way we play and the way the club is makes it easy for him and players from abroad to settle in life in the Premier League quickly.
"It is that kind of club that welcomes you straight away. He makes everything look so simple and that’s why he is a great player.”
“He is devastated that he is going to miss the next three months – but he is a very strong character. He has already started his recovery and he will be back stronger than before.”
The likes of Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini, on loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses and fellow summer addition Michail Antonio now have big boots to fill.
However, for former Besiktas manager Bilic it will be a chance for other players to shine before Payet regains full fitness.
“If it’s so easy to replace Payet then we wouldn’t have brought him in the first place,” said the 47 year old.
“That’s why we are buying these types of players because they’re lifting the whole team.
"We are not going to replace Payet with another Payet – that is obvious.
"On one hand it’s impossible to maintain the same level of flair, the number of assists or attacking skills without those kinds of players but we can be different now with the other players we have and still be dangerous.”
“You didn’t talk about just Payet. From that area of the pitch you are talking about Lanzini , Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Moses. Now you can talk about them a little bit more.”
It's now up to them to improve on the east Londoners' best ever start to a Premier League campaign. A tough ask.