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Poyet on Payet: 'what a player!'

Filed: Sunday, 19th July 2015
By: Staff Writer

Diego Poyet was full of praise for his new team mate Dimitri Payet yesterday following the French international's match-winning debut at Roots Hall.

The club's most expensive signing of the summer (so far) chipped in with a couple of goals and an assist to wow the travelling Hammers faithful at sunny Southend on Saturday afternoon - as well as one or two of his team mates.

That included fellow midfielder Diego Poyet, who told KUMB after the match that he believes Payet is going to set the Premier League alight this season.

"What a player!" he exclaimed, when asked about the 11million signing. "Some of us have seen him play in the past and for others, the first time they saw him was today. Now you've seen what he can do - he could have had three or four assists.

"He scored two goals and the third took a massive deflection, but it was all down to him. So he's a great addition to the team and the squad, and I'm sure he's going to create a lot of goals this year."

As for his own performance in West Ham's 3-2 win, Poyet says he is just happy to be playing at the moment having barely featured last season, his first at the club since moving from Charlton the previous summer.

"It was a good day," he surmised. "It was a bit end to end but obviously players got minutes in a good solid competitive game and we're happy to win at the end of the day.

"I love playing. It's either running in training or running whilst playing a game - and I personally prefer playing for 90 minutes, so I'm loving it. Every player wants to play games.

"If you say to someone would you rather run for an hour-and-a-half three or four times a week or play a game, I'm sure every player would rather play a game. So we're really happy.

"Everyone's getting minutes so it's good for the whole team. I think that pretty much every player - apart from the few who have only just joined us - have already got 90 minutes under their belt, so it's great for everyone."

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