Allardyce has Carroll WBA anxieties


CarrollhairflyingSam Allardyce has raised the spectre of launching Carlton Cole into action against West Brom tomorrow evening.

David Gold last night explained on ClaretandHugh that he believed the game  would be ideal for the record signing as he continues his recovery but it seems Allardyce is not so sure.

Carroll’s fitness will be assessed today after playing his second game of the season against Newcastle on Saturday with Allardyce saying: “I’ll have to see whether Andy has the energy to play.”

He added: “When you are just two games into your season, you don’t want to risk another injury.”

However, that doesn’t appear to be the main concern and although he showed some agreement with Gold that the player’s fitness can only improve, he returned to another consistent worry.

He said: “I do worry that he has no fear and throws himself into tackles. Sometimes, not sensing danger leads to more injuries.”

It seem unlikely however, that Sam, despite the words of warning, will leave him on the bench and start with Coie but as long-suffering Irons understand, stranger things have been known.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • WhuG says:

    I do like DG and I like him having a tweet but he shouldn’t make comments like that. Only one man will decide whether Andy starts and that’s Sam. I really hope Valencia is back to partner Zarate otherwise I fear we will see Vaz or Carlton. I personally don’t think Andy should play twice in 3 days and I will accept the alternatives with a sigh!!

    One thing I do vote for and that’s Tonks and Ginge starting in defence as they were great Saturday so let Winston warm the bench.

    Amilfiatano must start against his old club.

    I do wish it was on the telly.

  • MerryMichaelW says:

    Why no love for Carlton? Tries his heart out. Can run around and tire out the Baggies, and then we introduce Carroll, and boom!

  • WhuG says:

    I love the bloke I just happen to prefer the alternatives! There is word that Valencia might be fit, now Zarate and Valencia would be exciting.

  • Dainon17 says:

    Another West Ham news outlet says Sakho & Valencia should be ready for the WBA match, I hope they are available cuz I think Cole a last resort

  • Update on that on the site Dainon

  • Dainon17 says:

    Thanks Hugh

  • rugbyirons says:

    DG was quite right to say AC should be fit enough. How else will he get match fit?it will be three days from Saturday and a further four until Saturday for him to rest if he is serious about being a footballer Cole is past it ,you have to move on.You pick your best players so get on with it.

  • WhuG says:

    I think we can all assume Andy Carrol is “serious about being a footballer” Steve!

    However I agree with you (there I’ve said it now) Andy should be able to play twice in 3 days or even 3 times in 8 days. He has only played one full 90 mins since the Palace match in April so he won’t be tired. I guess I’m thinking of wrapping him in cotton wool etc.

    Agree also re Carlton our 6th best striker at best.

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