Garth Crooks claims he can't wait to see Dimitri Payet at the Olympic Stadium

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Garth Crooks has raved about West Ham star Dimitri Payet.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he can't wait to see West Ham star Dimitri Payet in action at the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers enjoyed a superb season under Slaven Bilic, finishing in seventh place as they closed out their time at their famous Upton Park stadium.

The season will be remembered for some great away wins and of course the final ever game at Upton Park, but one player made the campaign extra special.

Dimitri Payet was lured to East London from Marseille last summer, and dazzled the Premier League with nine goals and 12 assists, providing some truly magical moments in the process.

The 29-year-old Frenchman will now be heavily relied upon to lead West Ham into their new era at the Olympic Stadium, and one pundit has praised the playmaker.

Garth Crooks not only named Payet in his team of the season, but also raved about his all-round play and overall impact in the Premier League, as he strikes fear into any defence when he has a free-kick around the penalty area.

Crooks told BBC Sport that Payet is an 'immense talent', and can't wait to see him play at the Olympic Stadium, as the biggest and best players raise their game on the biggest stage, and that's what he thinks Payet will do upon West Ham's big move this summer.

"Every so often, the Premier League throws up a player with such immense talent that whenever he touches the ball, the expectation of the fan immediately rises - whoever he or she supports," said Crooks. "Occasionally, the league gives us a player who can make a defence descend into abject panic when a free-kick is given on the edge of the penalty area."

"Both are true whenever Dimitri Payet is within striking distance of the goal. The Frenchman possess a masterful first touch and the ability to score goals from almost any position in and around the box - hence the panic."

"Payet has transformed West Ham's season and provides the finishing touches to the enterprise and endeavour often provided by Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate. I can't wait to see Payet at the Olympic Stadium. Like all big names, the bigger the stage, the better they seem to perform," he added.

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