Carroll takes roasting from fans

Andy Carroll will again be missing from action with injury when Everton visit the London Stadium at the weekend.
This time  he has a thigh problem following the groin, ankle, knee and quads problems that have plagued him this season.
ClaretandHugh’s Facebook followers at haven’t been slow to give their views on what should happen next!
O Wish I got paid the amount Carroll does when I was off sick from work, time to cut our losses
O Time to part ways, I sadly believe.
O A place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most expensive hypochondriac
O Can’t fault his commitment when he plays he does give it everything, probably more than most. But how long can we continue with a striker who is not reliable. Just think it’s time to bit the bullet and move on.
O The fact that we’ve known Andy isn’t a reliable option for a while now doesn’t make me want to have a dig at him. It shows that we haven’t made a concerted effort to replace him or sign suitable backup.
O He has to be sold for the highest price we can possibly get, if the Chinese want him then get rid. When fit he offers something different to anything else in the league but he is rarely if ever fit for selection. You can’t build a team round him The squad needs some serious surgery this summer for sure. Time to be a bit more realistic and ruthless!

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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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  • Stan The Man says:

    There are so many fans have had a fill of this now.But a lot of it comes down to the stupidity of the club clinging on to the belief that we can rely on him.Totally bonkers in my book.

  • robbiem says:

    Lucky man to be earning £90k plus per week!! Signed on 6 year deal by Allardyce who happened to share the same agent – Mark Curtis (back-handers?)
    I would sell Carroll in a heartbeat.
    What’s the betting he’ll be finished for the season. Would love to see him on play/pay deal.

  • John Mc says:

    Sell him. Buy Joe Hart & Pablo Zabaleta. Those 2 along with Collins & Creswell will give us a sound defence. Lock the defense 1st, then build a team from defense up. Carroll has had so many chances to redeem himself its become an embarrassing joke, its gone past the point of no return, whatever we do we’ve lost with him. I rate Lanzini a far lot more. News of Carroll’s inclusion in the starting line up can be a real downer, like oh no! Here we go again!. When Sam was at Blackburn he was trying to sign Lewandowski. That’s how high we have to aim. In Hurst we then had the equivalent of today’s Harry Kane. We need a national sides center forward as our striker, I know Carroll was that, but lets face it, he’s gone down the pan &’ll never return, sorry Andy, nothing personal like, just thinking of the club I’ve supported for the past 50 years. We have to attract someone who has the similar ability to a Kane or Messi. Finally, after Dean Ashston, lets get an international standard striker back in our team again.

  • kevin says:

    I just hope he gets Fully Fit ( whatever fully fit means in his case ) and available for next season . A fit Andy Carroll is an asset any club would want . What we need is a competent medical staff .

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Although I wouldn’t be unhappy if he was sold, the big question is who would replace him ? When he is fit he gives us another dimension, he is generally a real handful for defenders and he wins us games we wouldn’t win without him, overall he is a net gain to the squad, at what he does he is World Class the only player left in our squad that can claim that. I have always been an advocate that he should be used as a super sub playing not more than 30 – 40 minutes a game. It is worth paying his wages just to have that change up in the squad but we need to buy the very best quality striker that will come to us that will play regularly and can be relied on to score and create goals. Sakho appears to be another injury liability so he is not a reliable solution thanks god we aren’t paying him big money also.

  • JMan43 says:

    Relying on him as the main man is the real issue he, his body frailties cannot allow him to be that but as a half a game/impact player a la David Fairclough, worth a try as he does offer a different dimension but we need consistent availability and he doesn’t and will not ever provide that so we need to change our Carroll strategy.

  • essexirons says:

    Sell him if some sap will buy him or give him away, it will save us millions in benifits for him.

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