The West Ham United player has been brilliant this season.
The Frenchman was always known as a fine creative player but few expected him to have the impressive immediate impact that he has at Upton Park.
Prior to his recent injury Payet had quickly become West Ham’s key player, scoring and assisting regularly as Slaven Bilic’s side climbed up the table.
The 28-year-old is now back to full fitness and will be focused on trying to guide his team into the next round of the FA Cup at the expense of Liverpool in Tuesday’s fourth round replay.
But when it comes to his newfound status as a Premier League superstar (and potential signing of the season) Payet is unsure.
Speaking to the Sun, the midfielder said, “I don’t know if I’m classed as a star now, but people have got to know me.
“When I arrived in England I was anonymous. It’s nice to be recognised for my football, especially in a competition as strong as the Premier League.
“People questioned my decision to join West Ham and said it was only for the money. But last season at Marseille I think I proved what I was capable of.”
He certainly did, and he has already become a firm fan favourite at West Ham.
Only time will tell what the future brings, but at this rate Payet could play a key role in a very successful time for the Hammers.