Video: Payet buries a free-kick, leaving Spiegel helpless

The West Ham playmaker exhibited his dead-ball prowess in training.

Dimitri Payet gave Raphael Spiegel a set-piece masterclass on Friday afternoon, as the West Ham United forward buried a free-kick beyond the goalkeeper in training.

Indeed, in the above video, the 28-year-old didn't give West Ham's back-up shot stopper a chance. Spiegel didn't even move!

The 22-year-old is still young, of course, while Adrian might not have done any better...

Payet has demonstrated his dead-ball prowess already this season but this practice clip shows he can do it at the drop of a hat for the Hammers.

  TeamChances Created - Free-KicksMinutes Played
Ashley Westwood Aston Villa 8 705
Robbie Brady Norwich 7 720
Erik Lamela Tottenham 7 367
Dimitri Payet West Ham 7 718
Jonjo Shelvey Swansea 7 705

As Opta stats show, the West Ham man is one of the Premier League's busiest set-piece takers, creating no less than seven chances from free-kicks and corners.

Only Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood has created more - and he has hardly scaled the heights Payet has in open play.

The Frenchman has netted from one free-kick this season, too, and this effort in training was every bit as good in terms of technique, perhaps just under less pressure!

West Ham travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, where a free-kick here or there could potentially win the match...

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