The past couple of days have seen various news sources report that co-owner David Sullivan has finally lost patience with the Englishman following a series of injuries that have plagued his career since his switch to E13. Having scored just nine times in over two years, and spent a vast majority of his time at the club watching on from the stands, fans’ and board frustration alike at some point, must become understandable.
Personally, I was thrilled when the club managed to secure the Geordie on loan back in 2012, and I was absolutely ecstatic when they managed to turn it into a permanent deal. Carroll, on his day, is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s most difficult strikers to play against – his heading ability and hold up play is second to none, and he unquestionably has a huge impact on the West Ham side when he is involved.
All that said, however, I also feel that since Carroll’s signing, we as a side have come on leaps and bounds, and I sadly struggle to see a place for the striker once he returns from injury. With the new style of football that Sam Allardyce has implemented this season thus far, it is clear that the likes of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho fit the bill, particularly the latter who has settled extremely quickly and netted an impressive four goals in four starts, including strikes against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Amidst whispers that QPR and Stoke City are interested in signing the big striker, it’s hardly surprising that the board are weighing up their options in regards to Carroll. Rumours of a switch back to boyhood club Newcastle seem to be ever-present, however the Tyneside club have reportedly insisted that Carroll drop his wage demands if there is to be any chance of a deal taking place. Alongside this, Newcastle are supposedly only willing to pay £8million to link up with their former front-man, which would leave the Hammers with a £7million loss on a player who has netted just nine times since arriving.
It’s clear for all to see that unless the Geordie returns from injury and sets the world alight, the Hammers are unlikely to get anywhere near the £15million they paid for the striker. For this reason, I would like to see Carroll remain at the club – once he has returned from injury Sam Allardyce will be left with a huge selection headache, and competition for places can only be a good thing and will hopefully bring out the best in the other strikers at the club.
Let me know your thoughts on Andy Carroll and a reported move away from East London – would you like to see the striker remain at the club, or have you finally lost patience and think we should try and cut our losses as soon as possible?