West Ham United star Dimitri Payet shares warning he gave Slaven Bilic before summer move

The Frenchman has been a revelation for the Hammers this season.

West Ham United star Dimitri Payet has revealed he warned Slaven Bilic about playing to his strengths prior to his move from Marseille.

The Hammers were not renowned for their expansive, possession-based playstyle under previous manager Sam Allardyce and Payet insisted on assurances from the new boss before agreeing to the move.

“I told the coach before I signed: “If I come here and the balls are going over my head, I am not going to be of much use,” said Payet, in an interview with L’Equipe.

“He assured me about the project that he wanted to put in place. We have quality up front. We are still struggling in certain games to play our game, but we are improving.”

Bilic has been true to his word and his side have emerged as one of the most entertaining teams in the Premier League this season.

They have quickly developed into one of the best counter-attacking outfits in the division and the likes of Victor Moses and Manuel Lanzini, in addition to Payet, has ensured quality in the final third.

The East London club currently sit in 6th place but have seen the momentum of their early season fade slightly in recent weeks.

A disappointing home draw with Norwich was followed up by another against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light the following week, and Bilic will be determined to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

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