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Carroll told: “Your game belongs to the 80s”

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Tony Cascarino has told Andy Carroll his style of play belongs in the 80s!

The former striker was very similar to the Hammers hitman in his heyday but claims he is a throwback to the 80s in his latest column in The Times.

He said: “Andy Carroll is playing a game that belongs in the Eighties. I was a big centre forward myself and had a no-nonsense style of play, but it’s impossible to get away with playing like that now.

“You can’t be a Premier League striker and play the way Carroll does, the laws of the game just don’t allow it. He picked up two bookings in 99 seconds in the first half of West Ham’s draw against Burnley on Saturday for two stupid challenges.

“You can’t play with your elbows out and make those fearless challenges that he does. It feels like he has had so many injuries that he’s got braver and more daft, like he’s trying to make up for lost time.

“In his whole career the 28-year-old has only started 162 league games, which averages 15 games a season. He’s played the career of a guy who should be about 24, 25.”

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7 comments on “Carroll told: “Your game belongs to the 80s”

  1. I think it belongs at another club 😈

  2. Yes the 80th minute like some of the other more talented strikers have had !

  3. There is a place for Carroll’s style of football in the modern game whether I ilke what he did at the weekend or not, when fit he is an assett, he gives us what I would hope is a plan B, defenders don’t want to play against him, the fact is he is so good in the air he doesn’t need to add GBH to his aerial assault he can rough people up in a smart fashion using less sharp parts of his body than his elbows, if he has any international ambitions the second assault Saturday might have made Southgate very nervous about picking him, in International football that would probably have been a straight red.

  4. 32 yes use him as an impact sub, but his potency even at that is fading.
    He is on occasion, now getting muscled out anyway or the ball goes stray or the defender waits for him to bring it down and takes it off him, so I do question exactly how ‘good’ he is in the air now.

    In order to get the height the elbows are naturally raised so I don’t seem him being able to change his style any time soon.

    There are better options at the club and players who can probably survive more than 15 games a season on average.

  5. Maybe if bilic played to his strength which is heading a ball lol maybe getting in crosses from the flanks so he can attack them ? But unfortunately hoof ball isn’t playing to his strengths and Carroll does not position himself in and around the box to do this anyway ! That’s down to bilic and Carroll. Both would be better off going to another club , I hear time McDonalds league would be a good starting point to learn football basics 😈

  6. Laz, Is London and Essex Border Sunday Football league still going??

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