My first season at West Ham has been "magnificent," says Payet

The Frenchman is extremely pleased with his debut campaign in the Premier League

My first season at West Ham has been "magnificent," says Payet
Above: Dimitri Payet has said that his first season at West Ham was "magnificent" | Photo: Reuters

West Ham United's new cult hero Dimitri Payet has said that it has been a "magnificent first year" at the club.

Better than expected

‚ÄčOptimism was high when the Frenchman made his initial move from Marseille last season, but his performances and impact have been even better than expected.

Payet managed 12 goals and assists in all competitions, which saw him earn a place in the PFA Team of the Year as well as five awards at the club's end of season awards.

Payet is currently with the French squad ahead of Euro 2016, and he has taken time while with his countrymen to have a look back over the season.

He told West Ham's official website ‚Äčthat it has been a "magnificent first year" with the Hammers and, "looking back at the results" for both "club and country," it has been "really fantastic" personally too, with the "individual accolades" being "lovely to receive."

Payet continued, saying that it is "fantastic" to "receive recognition from fellow players," adding that it was a "really great feeling" to be in the PFA team and that he felt "very honoured".

He said that even though he received many personal awards though, he still "want[s] to share it" with his team-mates as it has been "down to their help" that he has performed so well as "they have had confidence" in him.

Above: Dimitri Payet celebrates his last-gasp winner in West Ham United's 3-2 victory over Everton | Photo: Getty Images
Dimitri Payet celebrates his last-gasp winner in West Ham United's 3-2 victory over Everton. | Photo: Getty Images

Best of the best

‚ÄčThe majority of Payet's goals have been magnificent as he has revealed himself as one of the best dead ball specialists on the continent, with free-kicks against Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United and Crystal Palace particularly impressive.

However, the 29-year-old said that the last-gasp winner against Everton was his favourite goal of the campaign.

He said that "of course" there are the "two free-kicks at Old Trafford" and at "home to Crystal Palace" that he is proud of, but said that the "most important" goal for him was the one against the Toffees, as it was the "winning goal in our comeback".