Adrian Durham defended Bournemouth attacker Callum Wilson after hearing that some West Ham fans have nicknamed him “Callum Carroll.”
The broadcaster shared it was a harsh nickname for the Premier League forward as he wasn’t injury-prone, he was just unlucky to have had a couple of big injuries in his career.
Durham then implied he thought the Hammers should sign Wilson as that seemed to be the “way forward.”
“But I have seen on social media some West Ham fans saying look at his injury record and he has been nicknamed Callum Carroll already and I think that’s a little bit harsh,” said Durham on talkSPORT (17:11, Friday, June 21st).
“He has had a couple of bad injuries, and I’ll give him that but is he one of those who comes back for two games then is out again? No he isn’t. When he is back, he is back.
“I think he has just been unlucky, I don’t think he is injury-prone, just unlucky with a couple of big injuries, and what I like about him is that he has fought back from those injuries and stayed strong.
“And it seems to be him and West Ham are the way forward.”
Obviously, West Ham fans are worried that Wilson will be another Andy Carroll if signed after The Sun reported that the Hammers were lining up a £35million move for the Cherries forward. Carroll only managed 142 outings for the Hammers despite spending seven seasons at the club, as he was hampered by injuries. The 30-year-old Hammers’ forward has had so many injuries during his career that it takes up two pages on Transfermarkt, and it’s worth noting 13 of the injuries listed were during his time with the London club. However, Durham is right to call out West Ham fans doubting Wilson due to his injury record, as it is harsh to compare him to Carroll. The 27-year-old only has three injuries listed on his Transfermarkt profile and while two of them were of a serious nature as they saw him miss lots of playing time, that isn’t the record of someone who should be perceived as injury-prone. Wilson stayed fit for the majority of his 2018/19 campaign, he featured 33 times across all competitions, so no Hammers fan should be overly concerned about his fitness. Instead, they should focus on the fact he scored 15 goals in 33 outings and could be a real force for them if signed.