Dimitri Payet has been a revelation since his move from Marseille.
The Croatian was addressing questions over how well summer signing Dimitri Payet has settled into life in England when he claimed players of the Frenchman’s calibre don’t need long transition periods.
"But in England, you talk too much about separating Premier League from other leagues,” said Bilic.
"There is not so much talk about players moving from France to Germany, France to Italy, Italy to France, Spain… they don't talk much about is he going to make it? How much time does he need to adapt to the Premiership?
"If a player is a good player - of course it's a new environment, new country, blah, blah, blah - but Dimitri, he is 28, he is a really class player.,” he added.
Payet has certainly adjusted quickly to the Premier League and for a fee of just under £11 million – as reported by the Daily Mail – could turn out to be the bargain of the summer.
The former Marseille man drew praise from all quarters for his display against Newcastle United on Monday night, which saw him bag a brace and help maintain the Hammers’ solid start to the season.
Despite Bilic’s claim, there are countless examples of players who performed excellently in their league only to struggle in England, and signing foreign players always comes with a certain amount of risk.
In Payet, however, West Ham’s decision to pursue the former Ligue 1 star has already been vindicated and his form could soon start to attract unwanted attention from some of the game’s biggest clubs.