Andy Carroll’s long term West Ham future remains very much in the balance as the club prepare to entertain bids in the summer.
Despite the club regularly making assurances about the striker’s position at the club there is no question they feel short changed after a trouble torn five years – including his loan season – at the club.
In that time he has made 107 appearance – many off the bench – as he has battled numerous injuries, scoring 29 goals, just less that one every four games.
And with his contract up at the end of 2019 season the club are determined to get as much return on their £17 million investment as possible.
Although the three Chinese clubs who showed an interest in the transfer window are likely to return with firm offers in the summer, there remain big doubts that home boy AC would want to spend two or three years in the Far East.
And that looks to be the Hammers’ only chance of recouping or showing a profit on a player who has failed to score more than 19 goals in a season – and that was in the Championship back in 2009/10.
A Hammers source said: “People will draw their own conclusions given that another striker remains high on our list of priorities along with a right back!”
Well at least Martinez is showing real progress at Oxford. He might have only scored 2 in 7 but he has assisted 2 and says he is getting to grips with the physical side of it too. He has been a constant starter in their team so far.
I’ll be surprised if Carroll leaves. Our manager ‘Sam’ Bilic likes to play one up front and launch endless crosses into the box in the hope that at least one will land on his bonce. Perhaps he would sell carroll if he could replace him with Crouch.
Could this be because currently he has few other option – forget FEW …none!
Well what do you expect Stratford.We have Carroll as a strkier of course we will play to his strengths.Thats not to say we havnt played some good football as well which has been far from launch it in to the box stuff.Maybe selective memory to suit your comment allows you to forget that though.
Go to away matches and the fans are totally behind Bilic,its only on our sites you read football masterclasses from fans telling him what to do or what he does wrong.Its comical.
I didn’t like the aimless crosses when Fat Sam was in charge and I don’t like them now now the fans choice is doing the exact same thing that Fatty did. Fatty got criticised for it and Bilic gets excused because he’s a lovely guy and the away fans sing a sing about him eh? He has had three windows to sort it out just like the right back problem. Your’e right – its comical.
It’s time to move Carroll on, in reality well past time. He has certain qualities, when he is fit, but we play better football when he is not on the park. Unless we have really solved Sakho’s injury problems for good, we need two strikers not one.