Payet recently becomes one of the club’s summer signings under Hammers boss Slaven Bilic and Woods feels he’s having a positive effect on the club’s attack.
He’s suggested that he’s got the potential to make life easier for other players up front in the team, which bodes well with the club’s opening match of the Premier League season against Arsenal now just under three weeks away.
“With somebody who can see a pass like Dimitri did, that’s a forward’s delight. It’s the first time we have really seen him on the pitch (last friendly) and if the forwards can make the runs, they will love that and it’s really good to see,” he told whufc.com.
More variety in goal threats
It’s important for Bilic to give the West Ham first team more of a cutting edge to increase the number of headaches the team can pose to the opposition.
If Payet starts in the first team against the Gunners, Bilic needs to try and have engineered a situation where Arsenal are spending more time trying to keep him quiet, taking their focus away from other players.
If that happens it means other attacking players can get stuck in and look to influence the big game and Bilic will back Payet to fight his way out of a corner if he’s backed into one.
It’s a small step in the right direction and there’s still plenty of time and more friendly games to be played before that opener.
Hopefully Payet can produce more of the same.