Collins suggests Payet is the model professional

Upton Park

West Ham United defender James Collins has suggested that Dimitri Payet is a tremendous signing for the club.

West Ham United defender James Collins told the club’s official website that he feels new arrival Dimitri Payet is a model professional and someone who could have a big impact for the Hammers this season.

Payet was recently confirmed as a new signing for the club and has wasted no time getting his teeth stuck into life as a player at Upton Park, creating a positive impression on one of the club’s most experienced players with the manner of his attitude.

“He’s a tremendous signing for the Club. He’s going to create so many chances and score goals as well. You can see it from the day he walked in he’s kept himself fit,” he told whufc.com.

“He’s come in and speaks very good English and gets on with the lads. It’s an exciting time to have players like that in the squad. You can see he’s a top player - even in training.”

What will please Bilic about Payet

What will please Slaven Bilic about Payet is the extra effort he’s made to fit in and settle with his new teammates.

He’s already shown that he’s willing to make a big effort in terms of adapting to new surroundings, which is important because it increases the chance that he’ll feel comfortable and that should allow him to be effective earlier in the season.

From the way Payet has played in pre-season friendly games for the club, it seems likely that he’ll start the season as West Ham’s main creative player in midfield.

The confidence and momentum that he’s building will work well for him, especially as Arsenal could target him on the opening day.

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