Sakho suggests where Payet can be relied on at West Ham this season

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West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho has given his thoughts on new signing Dimitri Payet.

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho told the club’s official website that he feels new signing Dimitri Payet can be relied upon to create plenty of chances this season.

Payet has settled in quickly at the Hammers after joining the club earlier in the summer and the striker is looking to cash in on the good work from the attacking midfielder, who he feels can make his life easier over the next few weeks.

“He [Payet] always creates goals, whether that's for me on Sunday or Valencia last time,” he told

“He's always there to give those assists. I think he'd prefer to give the passes than even score his own goals and we're there to take advantage of it.”

Bilic tactics

The challenge for manager Slaven Bilic is to find a way to get the player into the game and on the ball as frequently as possible.

That means setting the side up to give him a little more freedom in possession by creating space or by using stronger players to bully the opposition, if it looks as though they’re going to try and target Payet physically.

Payet doesn’t seem to have found English football difficult to adjust to so far, but the intensity and physical nature of top flight football will increase from this weekend onwards.

The challenge for the player

Payet’s challenge is to adjust to that increased intensity and to find ways of staying effective and consistent during busy spells of the season.

The games will start to come thick and fast after this weekend and it can sometimes be difficult for a new player in the Premier League to cope without many rests through the season.

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