West Ham star Aaron Cresswell explains how Dimitri Payet makes his job so much easier

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

The left-back hailed his teammates link-up play.


West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason

West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell has told the Guardian that Dimitri Payet's passing range and all-round ability make his job going forward down the wing so much easier.

Cresswell enjoyed a fine second season at Upton Park last term, missing just a single Premier League fixture and scoring twice as he began to show more of an attacking threat.

He was a key part of a successful Hammers side which finished seventh and qualified for the Europa League in Slaven Bilic's first campaign as manager, and he hailed the "European" style of football implemented by the Croatian.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

The star of the show for West Ham, though, was undoubtedly France international midfielder Dimitri Payet, who racked up 12 goals and 12 assists in his first season in England, resulting in a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Cresswell hailed the talent of his teammate, and explained how Payet's excellence has made it so much easier for himself to shine in claret and blue.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble and Andy Carroll celebrate at the end of the match

The former Ipswich Town man told the Guardian: "For 90% of the games last season Dimi [Payet] played in front of me and that made it seem easy; when you’re making that overlap you know the ball’s going to come to you, or that something will be made of your run."

West Ham fans will be relishing the thought of Payet leading their charge yet again this season as they look to make the jump from Europa League competitors to genuine top-four challengers.

The Frenchman appears likely to stay at the club as they move to the Olympic Stadium, and supporters and Cresswell will both be hoping that he can bring the best out of his teammates yet again.

West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob in action with West Ham's Dimitri Payet

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