By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dimitri Payet is the best free-kick taker in the world, according to his West Ham team-mate Aaron Cresswell.
Payet scored his third free-kick in four matches for club and country in the Hammers’ 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It was also his fifth successful free-kick conversion since the turn of a year, a remarkable sequence for a player who has been widely acclaimed as one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season.
Left-back Cresswell was standing next to the France international when their team were awarded a free-kick just before half-time and paid tribute to the brilliance of the set-piece specialist as he curled it into the top corner.
Speaking to the West Ham website afterwards, Cresswell said: “I will put Dimi up there as the best free-kick taker in the world at the moment. I was standing right behind him and the ball looked destined for the top corner.
“I will gladly sit behind him and keep watching him strike balls like that. He has now scored five or six in the top corner and as everyone saw in world football the other day, he scored another one for France which was a ridiculous one and he has now put one in the opposite corner.
“As a keeper you can only applaud someone like that and long may it continue if he can keep scoring goals like that.
Playmaker Payet has scored 12 goals in 31 West Ham matches this season, nine of which have come from 24 league matches.
The point against Palace leaves the Hammers in fifth position and just three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
In other West Ham news, Michail Antonio has urged the club to sign his toughest Premier League opponent this summer.