Craig Bellamy says Premier League and West Ham are lucky to have Dimitri Payet

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

Former West Ham United striker Craig Bellamy has been lavishing praise on Hammers hero and France star Dimitri Payet.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesCraig Bellamy in his West Ham days. Picture Supplied by Action Images

Bellamy, who scored seven goals in 24 appearances for West Ham during an injury-ravaged spell between 2007 and 2009, has been working as a TV pundit during the European Championships in France.

While he was on the panel for the game between France's group rivals Romania and Switzerland, all the talk was about the man who has lit up the Euros so far, Payet.

France's Dimitri Payet scores their second goalFrance's Dimitri Payet scores their second goal

'He's just been immense'

And Bellamy added his voice to those singing the Reunion-born star's praises, saying the Premier League, and indeed West Ham, are lucky to have him and dismissing suggestions his talent has only just come to light.

"He's been around for a few years now ... his last year at Marseille he was outstanding," Bellamy said on the ITV panel.

"West Ham done incredible business to get him, it caught a lot of people by surprise but a great bit of business for West Ham.

"We've been lucky enough to see him in the Premier League this season, he's just been immense.

"And now to be on a stage like this for, who I find (are the) favourites the French, keeping out (Antoine) Griezmann, keeping out (Paul) Pogba."

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamDimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

Claret and Les Bleus hero

West Ham's new hero has carried on where he left off for his club last season with two dazzling displays including an assist and two fantastic goals.

After setting up Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Payet netted a world class winner in a 2-1 triumph over Romania in the hosts' first game.

And he was at it again as his quick feet put the seal on another victory with a fine goal in the 2-0 win over Albania.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

Midfield maestro

Payet has been nothing short of sensational since his move from Marseille last summer for a bargain £10.5 million.

He scored 12 goals - including a number of sensational free-kicks which are fast becoming his trademark - provided 15 assists and was shortlisted for the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award in his debut season in English football.

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