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West Ham manager not surprised by Payet’s strong start

15 September 2015, 17:05

London - Summer recruit Dimitri Payet's stellar start for West Ham United is not surprising, manager Slaven Bilic said after the Frenchman scored both goals in the club's 2-0 victory against Newcastle United on Monday night.

The 28-year-old Payet, who signed from Ligue 1 side Marseille, scored early in each half at Upton Park to lift West Ham into the top five of the Premier League with three wins and two defeats from their opening five games.

Also read: West Ham complete signing of France's Payet

"He is fantastic but he doesn't surprise me," former Croatia manager Bilic told the club's website (www.whufc.com).

"The only thing that surprised me is that he gelled straight away but then we have great lads with a good character in the team.

"He is great at keeping possession and making all the other players better."

Bilic was also pleased with the performance of Victor Moses, who came from Chelsea on loan.

Payet scored his second goal when he calmly volleyed the ball home from close range after Victor Moses struck the underside of the crossbar with a fierce drive following a 50-yard sprint during a counter-attack.

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- Reuters


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