Andy Carroll can count himself fortunate (again) not to find himself on the end of a ban from the FA following the weekend’s clash against Watford.
In what was an otherwise less than entertaining day at Vicarage Road for the Hammers fans – David Moyes’ side came out 2-0 losers to Marco Silva’s side – one moment appears to raise a bit of a cheer with the travelling fans.
Perhaps ‘cheer’ would be the wrong word. An ‘ooo’, an ‘aaahh’ or even a ‘jesus christ’ might have sufficed better.
Marvin Zeegelaar on Andy Carroll's 1st minute elbow: “It doesn’t feel very nice, it was the first 20 seconds. All the guys were telling me 'welcome to the English football' and 'welcome to the Premier League' so I guess it was a good introduction.” pic.twitter.com/eRKfrCVoHq
— FanLeague (@fanleague) November 23, 2017
In typical Andy Carroll fashion, instead of finding the net as he tends not to so very often, he of course was throwing himself about the pitch like a man possessed, challenging for every ball, even those he has no real right to.
It’s a trait that has left him mostly in the good books with the West Ham fans, but definitely not so in those of his recipients.
On the end of a Carroll-spectacular at the weekend was Watford’s Marvin Zeegelaar, who felt the full force of the Englishman’s elbow drive into the side of his skull as the duo went up to win the ball only seconds after kick-off.
Carroll received no punishment for the challenge, however it has since sparked a hot debate about the Englishman’s tendency to lead with his elbow in the air.
Hammers fans are happy to leave that to the pundits however, and seem to have found the funny side in the awful challenge. Not sure Zeegelaar would agree …
Marvin Zeegelaar has been in the Prem for 30 seconds and has already felt the hard Brexit thrust of an Andy Carroll elbow. Love it
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) November 19, 2017
It took just 20 seconds for Andy Carroll to elbow someone in the head. A new personal record.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 19, 2017
Andy Carroll going in for another header pic.twitter.com/ZjUQG8IJIJ
— FTR News (@FTR_90) November 19, 2017
So thanks to Andy Carroll Moyes is now just able to bring an elbow to a gunfight.
— Mark Pendleton (@sunscreemer) November 19, 2017
Incredibly, 'Andy Carroll' is an anagram of 'Crunching Elbow'#watwhu
— Snap (@Snap_THFC) November 19, 2017
Andy Carroll introduces Marvin Zeegelaar to the Premier League with an elbow to the face.
Entirely unintentional, of course pic.twitter.com/038VqnF81d
— FourFourTwo ⚽️ (@FourFourTwo) November 19, 2017
— Pete Quinn (@CoachPeteQuinn) November 19, 2017
COYI. Andy Carroll for Elbow of the Month
— Roger Protz (@RogerProtzBeer) October 16, 2017
Andy Carroll has taken 7 seconds to burst someone with an elbow. Heroic
— Karl Kearns (@Karl_Marx91) November 19, 2017