Callum Wilson is expected to figure high on West Ham United's list of potential replacements for Marko Arnautovic if, as expected, the Austria worldwide moves to China this month and the Bournemouth forward demonstrated just why with an outstanding goal that set up a much needed win for his side.
Both sides struggled to hit the target in the first half, but West Ham's Lukasz Fabianski made two superb saves early in the second and moments later striker Andy Carroll, in for Arnautovic, blazed over from close range as the game opened up.
"(But) Pellegrini's knowledge of who he might get and who might come because of his reputation (as a top class manager), he'll have a plan, I don't think West Ham need to be anxious.
I'm happy with all these players. I am not telling the club about it.
"In all the months I've been working here, I never had any problems with the owners about that", the manager told reporters.
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"If they agree, we don't have any problem to change".
"I am not telling the club about it". We played without Marko four or five games in December and we won those games.
Before Arnautovic, Payet was the last man to hold the mantle of talisman in east London and now they could well end up in the same side. As much as we want him back fit we have got to make sure we protect the long-term'.
The Hammers travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on the Cherries on Saturday afternoon, though it remains to be seen whether Pellegrini will include Arnautovic in his matchday squad as he looks to push through a move.