Andy Townsend says West Ham never recovered from Dimitri Payet exit

Dimitri Payet of West Ham United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Leicester, England.

Dimitri Payet left West Ham United to return to Marseille in January 2017.

France's forward Dimitri Payet gives a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on October 3, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football...

Former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend suggested on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (7:10pm, November 6, 2017) that West Ham United’s current problems stem from the departure of Dimitri Payet.

Payet left West Ham for his former club Marseille in January 2017 for a transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £25 million.

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder was an instant hit in the Premier League when he arrived at the Hammers from Marseille in the summer of 2015.

Dimitri Payet of West Ham United looks dejected during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on January 6, 2017 in London,...

Since the departure of the France international from the London club in January 2017, the Hammers have struggled.

West Ham are in Premier League relegation zone at the moment and have just replaced Bilic with former Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland manager David Moyes in an effort to move the team up the league tale.

West Ham United's French midfielder Dimitri Payet vies with Manchester United's Italian defender Matteo Darmian (R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United...

Former Chelsea midfielder Townsend believes that the Hammers’ current problems all originate from the departure of Payet from West Ham in January 2017.

Townsend said on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (7:10pm, November 6, 2017): "I personally put it all back to that Payet situation.

"They had a special player there and for whatever reason that guy left the club and he left in such a bad way, in such bad fashion that they never ever seemed to recover from that.”

“I don’t want to frighten West Ham fans, but that analogy with Villa, I think, is one to take on board,” added Townsend during the show (07:16pm).

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