Kone said: “It’s another difficult game because they’re a good team this year with a lot of good players, like Payet. I’ve played against Payet several times when he was at Lille and also at Marseille. He’s a very good player and this year he’s shown what he can do in the Premier League. He’s been one of the best players of the season.”
Kone has experience of playing against Payet, having turned out against him when both were in Ligue 1.
Payet made the move to England last summer, whilst Kone followed him in the January transfer window, and they are set to face off for the first time in the Premier League this weekend.
The Black Cats travel to London on Saturday to take on West Ham, hoping to continue their recovery from a relegation scrap, although they will have to take points off a strong West Ham team if they want to move away from the bottom three.
Payet has been the real start of the West Ham team, and one of the best performers in the Premier League this term. The 28-year-old has scored nine goals and registered eight assists in 25 appearances, and his moments of magic can win a game in an instant.
The Black Cats will need to be wary of controlling Payet if they are to have any hope of wining the game, and Kone will face a tough task in being part of the defence hoping to prevent the Frenchman from having an impact on the game at the Boleyn Ground.