Ogbonna not "surprised" by Payet's brilliance

Angelo Ogbonna has said that he isn't "surprised" by Dimitri Payet's brilliance

Ogbonna not "surprised" by Payet's brilliance
Above: Dimitri Payet celebrating his goal in France's 2-1 win over Romania | Photo: AP

West Ham United defender, Angelo Ogbonna, has said that he is not "surprised" by the brilliance of Hammers team-mate Dimitri Payet. 

Excellent season continues 

It has been a whirlwind campaign for the Frenchman since his move from Marseille in the summer, 12 goals and assists for Slaven Bilic's side earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year. 

His form also earned him a recall to the French national side as Didier Deschamps called him up to his Euro 2016 squad. 

The 29-year-old repaid his faith as his last-minute goal secured a 2-1 win over Romania, and Ogbonna said that he isn't surprised by his excellent goal. 

The Italian said that Payet's strike "did not come as a surprise" as he sees it "every day in training."

Ogbonna continued saying that he is "very skillful" and a "great player" and said he is "very happy" that Payet showed "how good he is" playing for the "national team.”

Above: West Ham United's Dimitri Payet with manager Slaven Bilic | Photo: Sky Sports
Above: West Ham United's Dimitri Payet with manager Slaven Bilic | Photo: Sky Sports

Highest praise 

Payet was one of the best players on the pitch at the Stade de France on Friday night as he also set up Oliver Giroud's opening goal. Praise also came from Hammers manager Bilic, who believed he was the best man on the pitch. 

Bilic told ITV that he believed that Payet would have been "man of the match anyway" before his goal and was the "best man on the pitch" for not "just his assist" but also for  his "skill."

He continued saying that the things he did on the pitch,help "lift the crowd" and "the team" and the goal was "amazing" and that he was "very glad"  for Payet. 

Talking about his return to the French national team, Bilic said that it was "big-time emotional game" for him, as he has "proved himself in England" but admitted that he needed to do that "extra thing" for France in a "competitive game.”

West Ham United will take on Juventus in the Betway Cup at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, August 7 with kick-off at 1pm BST.