But on the other hand, this injury gives Enner Valencia the opportunity to impress in his favourite position. Hopefully he will score more goals playing as a striker because this season he has scored as many goals in the Premier League in over 20-games as he did in the World Cup in three games. He hasn’t carried his form over from the summer, I really hope this is just first season settling in, and he will be amazing next season.
Andy Carroll has scored five goals this season, in only 12 games, a much better goals to games ratio than Enner Valencia. We will obviously miss Andy Carroll as he is a big figure at the club, but I really hope we don’t miss him.
This injury to Andy Carroll could be very harmful to West Ham because of our lack of attackers. I appreciate everything Carlton Cole has done for the club, but if we are going to get to where we want to be, a striker like Carlton Cole is not needed at the club. And also with Mauro Zarate out on loan we are in trouble in terms of cover up front. If Valencia or Sakho get injured now, we will not be able to play the diamond formation; we will revert to typical long diagonal ball football aimed at a target man, a target man who won’t be Andy Carroll.
We should’ve brought in another striker during January, you can’t offload a player in an attacking position and not replace him, but that is a typical thing for Sam Allardyce to do. Also, allowing Zarate to leave on loan, means that Nolan gets more playing time, and in my eyes that is wrong. I think Zarate is a much better player, with more to offer to offer the squad than Kevin Nolan.