John Hartson claims West Ham star Dimitri Payet can't be a one-season wonder

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John Hartson has urged Dimitri Payet to perform next season.

Former West Ham United striker John Hartson has told Goal that Dimitri Payet can't afford to be a one-season wonder for the Hammers.

Payet, 29, smashed seven goals and 16 assists for Marseille last season, but left his native France for a shot at Premier League success with West Ham.

Tipped to be a star in England, Payet has been one of the players of the season, hitting 12 goals and eight assists for the Hammers to become an instant Upton Park hero, earning comparisons to other maverick stars like Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez.

Payet is adored at Upton Park, and even earned a new contract back in February, as the French international was rewarded for his superb performances - but one former Hammers player is a little concerned that he could be something of a one-season wonder.

Ex-West Ham striker John Hartson has told Goal that whilst Payet was a bargain - and a great signing so far - he must be consistently excellent to be considered a true Hammers hero, rather than a one-season wonder on huge money for the foreseeable future.

Hartson also wants to see Payet kick on and perform even better when West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, as the Hammers 'need a world-class player for a world-class setting'.

"He cost £11 million, which is a steal for a player of his quality, but while he has proved to be a great signing so far, he needs to show consistency over a number of years to be regarded as a Hammers great," said Hartson. "Payet signed a five-deal contract and he’s on the biggest wages in the squad, so he has to be more than a one-season wonder."

"People forget just because he’s new to the Premier League that he is not a kid – he’s 29 and should be near the best years of his career. He’s done it seven or eight months, he needs to do it over three or four years. West Ham are moving to the Olympic Stadium and they need someone who can light up the place. They need a world-class player for a world-class setting and that can be Payet. But he needs to do it over and over again to be considered one of the club’s greatest players," he added.

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