Billy Bonds shares a concern over West Ham's Dimitri Payet

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Billy Bonds acknowledges Dimitri Payet's brilliance, but wonders can the West Ham United man do it every single season for the Hammers.

West Ham United legend Billy Bonds has acknowledged to The Mirror that Dimitri Payet is a fine player, but says his legacy at the Irons will hinge on his capacity to dazzle every season.

The 28-year-old playmaker has arguably been the Hammers' Player of the Year, netting 11 goals and setting up 10 in all competitions for a fine maiden campaign in East London following a summer switch from Marseille.

It is safe to say that the supporters have taken quite a shining to the Frenchman, with United fans unfurling their 'we've got Payet' chant regularly throughout the season.

He seems to be on the fast track to legendary status at the East London club, but Bonds, who spent 21 years at the Boleyn Ground, says that one season is no good - he must do it every year to achieve such a thing.

“Payet is a very good player, but this is only one year in which he has done it at the club," the 69-year-old said to The Mirror.

“I’ve watched stars such as Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Bryan Robson and Paolo Di Canio – all absolutely fabulous players – and they all did it for the Hammers, year in, year out.

“Let’s hope Payet stays at the club and becomes a real West Ham legend, too.”


As worrying as it is for West Ham, Bonds may have a point. Payet would certainly not be the first player to scale lofty heights during his first season in England, before going off the boil completely.


Consistency is key and although Payet has excelled for much of the season, it remains to be seen if he can be as instrumental over the course of his Irons career.

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