Trevor Sinclair says Dimitri Payet can reach same level as West Ham legends in second season

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

The former West Ham United midfielder hailed Payet's quality and attitude.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

Former West Ham United midfielder Trevor Sinclair has told the club's official website that star player Dimitri Payet will be on the same level as club legends such as Paolo Di Canio if he can replicate his success next season.

Payet was the star of the show in the Hammers' final season at Upton Park after his summer move from Marseille last summer, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists in all competitions.

The French international was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and has forced his way back into the national side, becoming a key figure and starring in their Euro 2016 opener.

France v Romania - Euro 2016 - Group A

Already Payet's displays have seen him compared with former West Ham heroes, and Sinclair believes that if Payet can maintain his impressive form in his second season he will have to start being mentioned in the same breath as such icons as Paolo Di Canio.

Sinclair, who spent five years at Upton Park, told the club's website: "He is a very good player and deserves all the recognition. I was a bit concerned when he got injured last season and the lads could really miss him, but they stuck together while he was away.

"When he came back he got rewarded with his new contract which was the right thing. I thought have they given him a new deal too soon, but he went on to another level.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

"I am really pleased with how he has handled himself and he has applied himself superbly well on the pitch. I hope he can back it up next year because the second season is always more difficult. If he can back it up it is time to start talking about him in the same breath as Paolo Di Canio and players of that ilk."

Payet has certainly shown that he has the talent to become a true hero at West Ham in the manner of Di Canio, and his hero status may be secured if he can continue to be the star man next term.

Before that though, West Ham have to make sure that they keep hold of the jewel in their crown with numerous top European clubs sure to be interested, but supporters will have been encouraged by the comments of his agent this week, who suggested that Payet is happy at the club and that it would take a "ridiculous" offer for any deal to happen.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their second goal

 

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