Former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton has weighed in with his views on the speculation that Dimitri Payet could leave the club in January, telling Talksport he believes that would be a mistake on the Frenchman’s behalf.
Payet left the door open to interested clubs at the weekend when he refused to rule out a January exit from the London Stadium, with the Hammers currently just one-point above the relegation zone and failing to settle in to life in their new home.
With Payet now 29, the options for the Frenchman at a Champions League level are limited and the Hammers are a long way off competing for a spot in the top-four- but Ashton believes Payet would be making a mistake if he left.
“You only get one career, you only get one chance to reach the goals you want to reach. If he feels he has to move away to do that then maybe he does, but that’d be a real shame because of the platform West Ham have given him and the status he’s got.”
“He’s probably played the best football he’s ever played at West Ham. It might just be a little mistake if he does leave. I really hope he doesn’t because he’s been absolutely fantastic for West Ham and maybe he’ll see what West Ham have done for him and how they’ve progressed his career and he’ll stay.”
Payet, understandably, wants to play in European competitions and it would take nothing short of a miracle for the Hammers to seal a spot in the Europa League next season- having missed out this year after being knocked-out at the qualifying stages.