West Ham's Dimitri Payet promises more following outstanding debut display

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Dimitri Payet has spoken for the first time since his scintillating West Ham debut.

West Ham United summer signing Dimitri Payet said he was delighted after excelling on his Hammers debut, while promising the club's fans plenty more in the future.

The creative midfielder, signed for £10.7million - as reported by The Guardian - earlier this month from Marseille, scored twice and assisted a third as the Premier League outfit edged to a 3-2 victory over League One side Southend United at Roots Hall.

“I’m very happy to score two goals on my debut. It’s important for me because it’s my first game in England and I want to make a good first impression," the Frenchman told the club's official website.

“My first goal was a free-kick. Martin [Samuelsen] did very well. I got an opportunity, I knew where I was going to put it and it worked for me. For the second goal, the ball came to me, I had a little bit of time and space, so I thought ‘Why not?’” 

However, despite such a promising start, Payet is refusing to rest on his laurels. Indeed, the French top flight's most creative player - he fashioned 134 key passes last term - is adamant that there is more to come from both him and his team mates as their fitness improves.

"We are not as sharp as we can be, but we will improve. I think we can be very good. I don’t think I’m far away from being fully fit but it depends on how many games I play. I want to play as much as possible.

“Hopefully today was just the first two goals of many for West Ham,” he insisted.

Having already opened his account with the east London outfit, Payet will now look to build on his impressive debut, readying himself for competitive action. If his first appearance is anything to go by, the Frenchman will be integral to the Hammers' chances of success next season.

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