Alan Devonshire says West Ham star Dimitri Payet has nothing left to learn, hails his work ethic

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

The former West Ham United hero believes Payet is the finished article in terms of both quality and attitude.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

Former West Ham United hero Alan Devonshire has told the club's website that star man Dimitri Payet has nothing left to improve upon as a player and suggested that Hammers supporters adore him so much because of his commitment to the cause.

Payet enjoyed a remarkably successful first season in English football after his summer move from Marseille, contributing 12 goals and 12 assists and lighting up Upton Park with consistently dazzling performances which saw him nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

The French international was a driving force behind the club's successful season and ultimate European qualification, and he is currently shining on the international stage for host nation France at Euro 2016.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substituted

For West Ham fans, keeping hold of the midfielder is the imperative in this summer's transfer window as the club looks to continue its progression next season.

Payet has already emerged as a cornerstone of what the Hammers are trying to achieve, and former fan favourite Devonshire believes it is a combination of the star's ability and commitment which makes him so popular.

Devonshire told the club website: "He has been great. He is 29 and is the finished article. He has not got anything to learn. He will be tested next year because the first one is always the easiest.

"But he is now showing what he can do for France at the Euros and hopefully he can push on even more for West Ham over the next three or four years.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their second goal

"He is totally different. He has got great feet and takes a great free-kick. He works hard for the team. The West Ham fans work hard and that is why they have probably taken to him."

Devonshire knows what he's talking about; the former England international was a hugely popular figure at Upton Park due to his flair and the way he identified with his supporters, and played well over 400 games in 14 years at the club.

If Payet is to reach the same kind of hero status he will need to replicate his barnstorming form next season and help the club push to break into the top four, and all the signs suggest that he is more than capable of doing just that.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

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