It's too early to pass judgment on West Ham's Dimitri Payet

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West Ham's £11 million signing Dimitri Payet certainly looks the part on the pitch, and is fast proving that millions need not be spent in order to acquire a real talent.

In West Ham's decent start to the season he has arguably been the biggest success so far, providing an assist in the Hammers' opening day 2-0 win over Arsenal, scoring what proved to be just a consolation in the 1-2 defeat to Leicester City, and then Tuesday night's brace versus a dire Newcastle United side.

His two goals against the Magpies were taken exceptionally well. The first one capped off a weekend of curlers after the exploits of Jack Grealish, Carles Gil and Matt Jarvis, but Payet's was the pick of the bunch, with the ball coming across the outside of the box - Payet running onto it at a slight angle - and the Frenchman side-footing his strike into the top corner of the net.


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The second was equally impressive as Victor Moses' shot smashed the inside of the bar - which left the ball hanging in the air for what seemed like ten seconds - leaving Payet to deal with a difficult bouncing ball.

Again, it wasn't the easiest to deal with, but the Frenchman didn't panic and adjusted his body to keep it down and side-foot it home once more - a harder feat to pull off than running onto it with a no-nonsense connection.

Despite his impressive start safely beginning to justify what was a reasonably small fee paid by today's standards, Gary Neville, speaking on Monday Night Football, said: "We have become accustomed to thinking £11 million isn't a lot of money.

"That is what an £11 million player should be delivering, but we've become accustomed to £14 million; £15 million players not delivering.

"In the last few years our minds have been skewed, those are the times that we're in, but Payet's settled in quickly.

"He's a bit like (Carlos) Tevez, with a bull-like body. He actually looks like he works hard and he plays street football.

"His first goal was absolutely brilliant and he fully deserved man of the match.

The player that Neville compared him to, Tevez, is a legend at West Ham in the eyes of some at the club. He made a slow start, but was the focal point of the side that won seven of their last nine games of the 2006/07 season to secure their top-flight status against all odds.

If Payet has a similar impact then he will be similarly deemed a success by their fans.

The Frenchman couldn't have done much more so far this season, but he and everyone around him should keep a level head - they're only five games into a long and hard 38 game campaign, with the domestic cups and more tightly-knit fixtures still to come.

February and March will be a true indication of where Payet stands as a Premier League player, so let's wait, see and assess him then.

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