“Pressure on AC will do him the world of good”


CarrollgoldDavid Gold is convinced that Andy Carroll is set to thrive on the competition provided by Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho when he returns to action.

That now looks likely to be around the middle of November with the striker already running and preparing to start kicking balls next week.

After that he can look forward to rejoining the first team squad , reserve team games and a return to first team action.

But’s not going to be a cakewalk slipping back into the new look Irons team where Valencia and Sakho look to have settled in double quick time.

Gold – speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh – said: “I believe we will have a player back who has been sorted…all his problems will be behind him.

“The plantar fascia injury is now totally understood by our medics maintained and he has had surgery on the  loose ankle – a problem suffered by many footballers.

He added: “Andy know the competition he faces and will thrive on it. These are exciting times for him and everybody else. This  is a really good squad.”

Sam Allardyce has this week spoken of the importance that Carroll suffers no more long term injuries and that he keeps himself in tip top condition.

And Gold saying: “It’s up to every player to keep himself in good shape and I’m sure Andy will do so – he’s a professional who wants to give everything to the cause.

“I know too that he’s desperate to get back into the England team and the pressure for places at the club can only be good for him on that front. Exciting times for us all.”

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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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  • sparrow says:

    You are correct about having a deal in his back pocket. The club should incentivise him to make decision as they have little to lose now as Reid is just playing them. They should tell Reid, and mean it, that the £60k offer expires in two weeks and after that it will be £50k. He would then need to decide whether he truly believes an offer higher than £60k really will materialise in January. If it doesn’t and he ends up staying the club will save more than £500k per year on his contract. If he does get a better offer elsewhere, so be it, he would have gone anyway.

  • JB8 says:

    Did not look over exited when he scored on Saturday. Fed up with him messing us about, no one is bigger than the club, plus he has been made a very good offer, just sell him

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