Dean Ashton shared his frustration over how Andy Carroll’s career at West Ham had gone as he revealed he thought the 30-year-old was unplayable on his day.
The former Hammers forward shared that the likes of John Terry couldn’t handle playing Carroll and he thinks that the Hammers would have been a much better team in recent seasons if the 30-year-old had managed to make more appearances.
Ashton added that Hammers supporters probably feel the same way he does about Carroll as there have been long periods of the 30-years-old’s time at the Hammers where he has been unavailable due to injury.
“I’m the same as probably a lot of the supporters, you can see a player there that at times is unplayable,” said Ashton on Premier League Preview (Sky Sports Premier League, 9:56am, Saturday April 13th).
“The likes of John Terry couldn’t handle Andy Carroll so to miss out on a player like him for such a long period of his career at West Ham, I think it’s been to the detriment of West Ham as they would have been a much better team with him.”
Carroll clearly has been a source of frustration for Ashton and it’s easy to work out why. While the 30-year-old has the ability to cause any side in the Premier League to sweat due to his power and strength when leading the line, he simply hasn’t been fit enough to do that on a regular basis for the Hammers over the years. Carroll has only managed 142 appearances for the Hammers since first arriving at the club on loan from Liverpool in 2012. While that number seems a notable one, it’s depressing that he hasn’t racked up more appearances for the Hammers given how long he has been on the club’s books. It seems the current season is likely the end of the road for the 30-years-old’s journey at the Hammers as given he has only made 14 appearances, before being ruled out for the season, it would be a huge surprise if the club offered him a new contract. Carroll’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and you wonder if any club will take a chance on him given his injury record.