West Ham United striker Andy Carroll is expected to return for the side’s next fixture against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, according to Claret and Hugh.
The club insider – who is a reliable source of news on the Hammers – has revealed that that the giant forward is “certain” to make a return for this clash, and that he is now available to be on the bench for West Ham.
The 6ft 4in [Transfermarkt] ace suffered with an ankle injury earlier this summer which he has had trouble with over the last couple of years.
Manuel Pellegrini will certainly need more depth up front – after all, he has Marko Arnautovic, but Lucas Perez has proved to be useless and Michail Antonio has demonstrated that he is unreliable most of the time. This means that the return of Carroll could not have come at a better time, as he is just the player to lift the burden off Arnautovic. The Austrian will undoubtedly be Pellegrini’s first choice up front for the time being, but Carroll provides more than suitable cover if he is injured. He may not be as prolific as he used to be, but his height will prove extremely useful over the course of the season. Just like Arnautovic, Carroll has the strength to fend off defenders – a trait which can often decide the outcome of games. Nevertheless, fingers crossed that the West Ham fans welcome him back with open arms, as he could be absolutely crucial to their potential success this term.