David Gold compares Dimitri Payet to West Ham greats Brooking and Devonshire

The Frenchman has taken the Premier League by storm following his summer move.

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has heaped praise on summer signing Dimitri Payet and compared him to two Hammers greats, in his weekly address on whufc.com.

“We have had some great players over the years at West Ham United and I think back to the days of Alan Devonshire and Sir Trevor Brooking,” said Gold.

“You could see straight away back then that both players had something about them and you do pick out the quality players early on.

“Both of them had confidence on the ball and Payet seems to be the same. I know that Devonshire and Brooking proved it over a period of time, but if Dimitri continues to show this kind of form, he is going to be a very special player for the football Club,” he added.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a fantastic start to his West Ham career and fully announced himself to the Premier League with his performance on Monday night in the victory over Newcastle United.

Payet was a constant threat and displayed the combination of power, speed and great technique that has come to characterise his early performances for the Hammers.

Comparisons to Devonshire and Brooking may be slightly premature - with the duo boasting no less than 886 appearances and 117 goals for West Ham between them – but it’s a measure of the high regard in which the Hammers new boy is held.

His double on Monday brought the midfielder’s goal tally to three for the season, and Gold has identified a target for him to aim for.

“…He is chipping in with some goals as well and he has the quality of being in the right place at the right time. He could score 20 goals and be something special.”

If the Frenchman can maintain his current level of performance for the majority of the season, it won’t take 20 goals for the gifted midfielder to be deemed something special.

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