Thierry Henry raves about Payet's best characteristic... but questions West Ham quality

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The Sky Sports pundit has been discussing the West Ham talisman.

Thierry Henry has lauded Dimitri Payet's consistency but believes he is working with a lower quality of team-mate at West Ham United than the likes of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal and Anthony Martial at Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

Henry picked Payet in his top 10 players of the season so far and believes West Ham did an 'amazing job' to recruit him.

But the former Arsenal striker is more impressed with the 28-year-old because he is less impressed with his team-mates.

Henry told Sky Sports: "For me it's his consistency. He is doing it at West Ham, which means he doesn't play with the calibre of players that some of the other guys on this list play with.

"Most importantly, West Ham are playing ever so well as a team and Slaven Bilic has done an amazing job to get them together but I think he's the brain of the team. I knew about him before and I think West Ham did an amazing job to bring him in.

"For me right now, because he's playing every game, because he hasn't been injured and because he's been consistent so far, he has to be up there. It is obviously early, but if the season were to stop now, he would be in the fight for best player of the season."

You can see what Henry is saying and he's not trying to be too controversial. At the same time, the Frenchman is full of praise for fellow countryman Payet - and has included him in his list of top-ten players despite him not playing for a traditional top-four club.

But is the Sky Sports pundit really correct in saying Payet works with a lower level of team-mate at West Ham?

The Hammers, after all, have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea and have some of the best players in the Premier League on current form.

Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho, Winston Reid and many more have been exceptional, while West Ham have the best header of a ball in Andy Carroll. Clearly, though, Payet is the star man.

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