Stan Collymore says this West Ham star reminds him of Eric Cantona

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Stan Collymore compares West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet to former Leeds United and Manchester United star Eric Cantona.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has written in The Mirror that West Ham United attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet reminds him of Eric Cantona.

Cantona is one of the best players to have ever featured in the Premier League, and achieved considerable success with Leeds United and Manchester United.

The former France international forward helped Leeds win the Football League First Division title in 1992, before going on to clinch the Premier League four times and the FA Cup twice with the Red Devils.

Collymore has explained why Payet reminds him of Cantona.

“A mate of mine is a Marseille fan, and he told me that Payet could be a monster at West Ham, so I haven’t been ­surprised by his form, despite ­having had a spell out injured,” the former England international wrote in The Mirror.

“It reminds me a bit of when Eric Cantona went to Leeds, then Manchester United. At both, he found ­passionate fans, who loved to watch him and the enfant ­terrible became a hero.”

Payet has been a massive hit at West Ham and is hugely popular among the London club’s fans.

The former Marseille attacking midfielder has scored eight goals and created 79 chances in 22 Premier League appearances for the Hammers so far this season.

The France international has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 65%, and has won two headers, 55 dribbles and 13 tackles.

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