Kieron Dyer claims West Ham United star Dimitri Payet is not yet world-class

West Ham United's Kieron Dyer on the substitute bench

The former West Ham midfielder believes Payet has to sustain his impressive form over a long period of time before being billed as one of the best.

West Ham United's Kieron Dyer on the substitute bench

Former West Ham United midfielder Kieron Dyer has told the Daily Express that Dimitri Payet cannot yet be labelled as a world-class player because he has to sustain his form over a longer period of time.

Payet has exploded onto the scene in the last 12 months, enjoying a stellar debut season in England with the Hammers in which he scored 12 goals and added 12 assists, and was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

He was also recalled to the French national team, for whom he has starred in a similar manner as at club level in recent months, and the 29-year-old has become a key attacking focal point from midfield for both club and country.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

That impressive form has seen his stock soar in the space of the year since he arrived at Upton Par for around £11 million last summer, and he has been billed by many in the game as one of the best midfielders in European football.

However, Dyer is more cautious in his assessment of Payet's class, claiming that for the midfielder to be recognised as one of the top players in his position he needs to sustain his form throughout next season and beyond.

Dyer told the Express: "I class him as maybe not world-class yet, I think he has to sustain it over a longer time.

France's Dimitri Payet jubilation after scoring.

"He’s been given a new and improved contract, a very big one. If he has another good season I think the chairmen will reward him again.

"The Hammers are in Europe too - it's the Europa League but they’re still in Europe. I still think they’ve got a decent chance of holding on to him, I do think that."

West Ham fans may disagree with Dyer, such is the popularity of their new hero, but they will need to keep hold of Payet this summer and to see him replicate the form of his debut season if they are to kick on from their seventh-placed finish this term.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their second goal

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