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Report: Hammers “cling” to striker hopes

West Ham are this morning being reported as “clinging to a slim hope “Andy Carroll will return from injury for the final two games of the season.

The words”don’t hold your breath” immediately spring to mind following a story in The Mirror given we are over two months away from the games against Leicester City and Everton.

Carroll is recovering from a hairline fracture of the ankle which initially – and probably realistically given his track record – ruled him out  until the end of the campaign.

He hasn’t pulled on the shirt since the  Premier League draw at Spurs on January 4, but the story claims there is a belief he  could be back for the final two games of the season.

However, even were the 29 year old Geordie were to be ready it’s unlikely he would be preferred to Marko Arnautovic who has made the front slot his own after scoring  seven times across 11 appearances interrupted by injury.

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12 comments on “Report: Hammers “cling” to striker hopes

  1. On his day Andy is a wholeheartedly solid centre forward who terrorises defences at will, but he’s been hampered by a horrendous injury record and that is exactly why he’s a luxury that even the top teams would struggle to maintain..” he’s a china doll springs to mind”
    The best thing that we can expect is to get him fit and sell ….any monies recouped will be a blessing …he’s not getting any younger and injuries follow him for fun…as a team we’ve moved on ….and for the better imho..let’s shake his hand and part ways amicably….

  2. If we are safe by then why risk him for two games? He won’t be anywhere near match fit & will probably try too hard & pull a hamstring. Uninjured we might get a few ££ for him

  3. Time to pay up his contact and get rid cannot relay on him plus we play much better without him

  4. The days when Andy was always going to be picked if fit are long gone. We have lots of options now. There is no point in upsetting a new formation that appears to be working, I really don’t think we are going to get big money if we sell him. I just don’t think other teams are going to risk it. Chances are he’ll head back to Newcastle for £6m or £8m. And we’d be very lucky to even get that.

  5. The only slim hope we should have is that we can get him fit so that he can be sold in the summer!

    We need to offload him in the summer and that’s all there is to it.

  6. every manager weve had has liked him so much theyve played him to destruction. big physical players of his type need resting. he should have been used like giroud at arsenal or lloriente at spurs, crouch at stoke, in a squad rotation. if he ever gets back fit he will be a very useful player to have on the bench.

  7. Mmmm…..90 k a week for a bench warmer …..get him fit and jog him on !!

  8. no one will want to pay any money for him best thing to do is do a deal with him and pay him off

  9. WE SHOULD HAVE GOT RID A LONG TIME AGO…..in football manager he is allways the first player to go if anyone is dumb enough to take him

  10. Lots of other big, physical players seem to turn out every week. We just have to accept he is injury prone. It is something different every time. For 90k a week i think we’re entitled to expect him to play on a regular basis, not wrap him in cotton wool and only play him when the sun’s shining and it’s not too windy.

  11. There is no player I have willed to succeed more than Andy, I love it when a fit Andy is in the team, his defensive duties at corners should not be overlooked and he scares the life out of the opposition, but enough is enough.


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