The big striker’s injury problems have taken on “Shakespearian tragedy” proportions with the facts reading:
Transfer fee: £17.5 million appx
0 2014-15: 16 played – five goals
O 2013-14: 16 played – two goals
The club have just revealed he’s out for the rest of the seas picking up an entirely new injury to his knee with David Gold wondering in an interview on this site just how unlucky can one guy be?
I take absolutely no pleasure from player injuries. However, this again represents an opportunity to team up what many believe is our best partnership – Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia – but there is a big worry.
With Sakho’s back a problem – and I understand there are some out there that are cynical – what happens now in the event of an injury to one of the other of them?
Sam Allardyce appeared to have the Carroll dilemma nailed early doors when explaining that the player goes into too many risky challenges
Here’s what he said only in December: “I have said I want him to be careful with the way he goes in at times but ultimately it will be Andy who makes that decision.
You have to remember that although Andy has been around for a few years, sadly too much of the time he’s been on the treatment table. You’re not gaining the experience if you’re injured.”
Less than two months later the big fella is back on the same treatment table and there are deep concerns within the club.
With four months left on Carlton Cole’s contract there are big decisions to be made on the Carroll cover position – does the club’s long time servant get a new deal or do the club invest decent money in a new long term target man?
The other two major questions in all of this is whether we will need such a player should Sam Allardyce not be offered a new deal and whether the club should cash in on Carroll should they be offered let’s say £7 million or above. The other alternatives are to stick with him or pay up his contract and start again.
I want to make it crystal clear that all my sympathies are with Andy Carroll who has suffered more than enough but the imponderables build relentlessly
For me, it’s too early to say but we have great respect for our readers on this site and throw it open to every one of you such is the importance of the issue.
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