Winston Reid praises West Ham duo Andy Carroll and Dimitri Payet

The Hammers defender says it is good to have the striker back after his long injury layoff, labelling him a 'great player'.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United defender Winston Reid has praised Dimitri Payet for his start to life in the Premier League.

The midfielder was signed for relatively big money from Marseille this summer, having impressed in Ligue 1 for a number of years.

He has hit the ground running at Upton Park this season, quickly showcasing his ability to be a constant threat to the opposition with both his eye for an assist and his ability to get a goal himself.

He has fast become a key player in the side and a fan favourite, and Reid has been quick to salute the standard of his performances.

“Another hot topic at the moment is Dimitri Payet,” he told

“I don’t need to say much as he lets his football do the talking. He’s obviously a special player and he’s a joy to play alongside. He’s also very personable and easy to get along with.”

Andy Carroll return to fitness a boost for West Ham

At the other end of the scale is striker Andy Carroll, who has struggled to become the key player the Hammers had hoped he would be since his big-money move from Liverpool.

That has been a result of a number of niggling injuries forcing him to spend more time on the treatment table than on the pitch, something that has been frustrating for the club and the player.

He has recently returned to the side, though, featuring in their Capital One Cup defeat to Leicester City in midweek, and Reid says it is 'great' to have him back in the fold.

“On Tuesday, it was great to have Andy back,” he added.

“It’s always hard when you’re injured but he’s done well to keep coming back from injury. He’s a great player and we’re delighted to have him back. We all know what he can bring to the team when he’s on form.”

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