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Leroy believes there’s only one Carroll solution


leroylogoTop CndH analyst Leroy Rosenior has never been afraid to say it is on this site and here he addresss the Andy Carroll injury problems and says a solution has to be found or it is goodbye.

I was a manager long enough to know what it’s like, and how frustrating it becomes, when you can’t rely on a key  player’s fitness. It makes team planning impossible.

And for the first time this morning (Mon) Slaven Bilic’s frustration is showing over Andy Carroll and I’m not the least bit surprised if his patience is now running out.

AC has had a full pre-season and has been looking fine. Then, without explanation, he is again injured and facing another four to six weeks out of the team.

It’s not his fault that there are other injuries but – look – it’s been going on for too long now. He has had injury after injury and at the last count had played in 91 games since 2012/13 – many as a sub – for the Hammers. This year he has played just one and is out of action again.

Rocket science is not required!

Slaven can’t plan without a striker he can rely on and I still hope – but am not convinced –  that player will be Diafra Sakho.

He too has some injury problems to solve and he has to get his head right but in top form Sakho is the best striker we have had at the club for some time.

Andy’s constant problems are the real problem though and however it’s done I really believe the time has come for him to move on if that is any way possible.

It’s a massive problem for Slaven and the club because the guy still has three years left on his contract and he has become devalued in the transfer market .

However, Slaven now appears to be looking for a solution perhaps and I’m glad it’s the club, not ne, that has to find it rather than me.

Andy needs to move on. How that’s done is the real problem.

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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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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    You just plan your attack without him, if someone will buy him you sell, he would be a great asset if he wasn’t injured but that is never likely to be the case, so you look at his salary and see if you got that off the wage bill what could be done to strengthen the team, from what I have seen of him so far Fletcher looks very good in the air, maybe not as aggressive as AC but he wins a lot of headers so he could be the solution possibly ? It would be nice if AC was available on a pay as you play basis but that is very unlikely so my guess is that nothing much will change, maybe if we can’t sell him we could just loan him out to get him off the wage bill.

  • kevin says:

    Carroll is too good to just ignore him . Impact sub . The problem is right now though his injury has occurred again when we least need it . No reason to talk of losing Carroll . West Ham have too many injuries season after season . Something is wrong somewhere, but we can’t scapegoat Carroll , it just ain’t right . There are other players that have been out on Moor than one occasion and some that have been out for long periods . I know AC gets more of his fair share of them , but that’s how it is . Nobody talking of the 20,5 million thigh strain . That seems to me to be a hidden injury when we signed Ayew up .

  • Sams P45 says:

    No one is making him a fecking scapegoat Kevin but the reality is the Leaping Salmon is an injury waiting to happen.Three years of this now, you have to cut the cord eventually 😀

    • GW says:

      The China doll is a liability and the slug ain’t going to take him off out hands anymore so essentially we’re ****ed! But let’s not have a go it’s not fair on him I mean a footballer that gets paid to play football but never does it must be so distressing for him as he feeds the coy carp or stares into his mirrored ceiling on the 100k pw he gets paid to do **** all.

  • noaksey1 says:

    I believe that AC is probably the best header of the ball in the Premier division,but we have only had 90 odd games out of him in 3 years and at £15m plus £100,000 a week,it turned out not to be a good investment.Unfortunately now,with his injury record,he is gonna be near impossible to sell unless we give him away.IMO I think we do need a reliable replacement,but to keep AC as an impact sub-whether he would accept that remains to be seen.

  • johnboy says:

    He wouldn’t have a choice noaksy ! Lol. He either likes it or asks for an out , the other way is to terminate his contract due to medical reasons , don’t know much about that but something has to be done !
    Every time he has come into the team after injury we go 3 steps backwards !

    He’s no scapegoat Kevin he’s a fekin liability sunshine ?? As good as he is when fit ???

  • slaven a laugh says:

    Its not just Carroll is it. How many other players have we got out injured at the moment. The problem with carrol is that when he is fit he is our number one striker so when he is injured we miss him badly. Clearly AC would be a fantastic no 2 option but we need a world class ever present reliable striker to be our number one and that man is the marquee world class striker that we have failed to buy so far this summer. And that man will never be sakho. Not in a million years. Sakho has had his chances. To be honest I hope never to see sakho play for our club ever again.

  • jaybs says:

    A chart this weekend showed he has missed just under half of the time he has been with us injured, sorry for the player but this is not practical, I felt for Dean Ashton, but we are a business not a pub team, it is time to move on from Carroll.

  • Radai Lama says:

    I saw one about a year ago I think.He had missed about 70 of 130 matches.Some stupid f*cking figure like that.Sakho ain’t going to be much better either.They are a pair of China dolls or maybe Voodoo dolls is more like it 🙂

  • WHU647580 says:

    So frustrating, yet as others have said, something probably needs to happen now. The worst bit is we know what he can do when fit and they’re are barely any like him. There is nothing worse for a pro footballer to be out injured, it’s mentally soul destroying, the rehab is way worse than having to train with a ball everyday with your team mates.

    This could be the time where Slav makes a decision, just don’t know how we recoup anything for him, 5m if your lucky to have someone take a punt?

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