Andy Carroll is set for a long waited return to football this weekend against reigning champions Manchester City who also currently sit top of the Premier League. Carroll has been out since pre season, he last featured against FC Winterthur where he scored and was then subbed off after 45 minutes.
Andy Carroll’s impact on the side is not questionable, hands down he is one of the best target men in Europe and offers West Ham a different dynamic and game approach. A big player in the dressing room who has been around the club for many years. However, my problem with Andy Carroll is his prior history of poor professionalism and a failure to look after himself. This isn’t new and it is very much well documented, whether he has now taken steps to look after himself more or not, it seems to be a reoccurring problem which has seemed to plague his playing career continuously.
Carroll’s contract is up for expiry in June 2019, so the question is, do West Ham sign him on? Carroll for me is not a first team starter, he’s behind Marko Arnautovic definitely. And Pellegrini seems to go for one man up top system, and to be honest, paying squad players £100k a week is not sustainable nor justifiable when you see first team starters such as Declan Rice who is no doubt one of the first names on the team sheet, earning a measly weekly wage compared to most. For me Carroll’s journey with the club must come to an end next summer unless he can stay fit for a long period of time, which we all know is not going to happen. We need to look to offload the large wage, it gets rid of another injury prone player, and it allows the club to invest in someone who may be more reliable.
Hopefully Carroll’s return is a success as when fit he is a terrific player to have in and around the squad, and the impact he can have can be huge for the club.