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Sell Carroll? Not the best idea in the world


Andy-Carroll-West-HamAndy Carroll’s match winner against Chelsea nails once and for all the nonsense that he should be sold as soon as possible.

Look at Twitter on a bad day and there are still those who believe that he should be packed off to the first buyer but we saw yesterday just how serious he is as an option when badly needed.

David Gold has long insisted we could now get a long injury free run from the club’s record signing, Slaven Bilic claims his England days are all in front of him.

This man is required as we enter an undreamed of era in our history – West Ham a team that now has a serious rotation policy coming into being.

The man himself is in a kind of dreamland declaring on Match of the Day how great it was to score particularly given how long it’s been.

He said after the match of his joy and the excitement of scoring after so long and he most certainly didn’t sound like a man who wanted to go anywhere in a hurry.

We’ve all had our doubts about him but the simple truth is – as we saw yesterday – you can’t buy what the man brings to the party.

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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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  • monacoman says:

    Could not agree more Hugh. Carroll comes on with 20 minutes to go and completely transforms our attacking options, even Terry and Cahill internationals could not handle it. The deep squad this year gives Slav so many options.

    In contrast Chelsea looked more like we did at the end of last season, slow and predictable.and devoid of creation apart from Will I am

  • Michael Miller says:

    Yes if, and it’s a big ‘if’, Andy Carroll can stay fit then we’ve got a proper plan ‘b’ – but will he be happy to be the ‘impact sub’ when the game is in it’s stretched final stages – it’s worked brilliantly in the last couple of matches.

    It was fantastic yesterday, when Carroll scored the roof nearly came off I’ve never heard a roar like it at Upton Park – it’s great when a plan comes together – long may it continue!

  • Sebastian Welander says:

    I’m confident Slaven Bilic will use Carroll the right way. Yesterday, just like last week against Palace, he worked perfectly as a sub. In other games he might be perfect in the starting line up

  • kevin says:

    West Ham are fast becoming a very dangerous Team , and with AC in form again even more so . Talk of selling him is Too ridiculous to contemplate . You can see him being called up for England if Hodgsons strange ommitance of West Ham players changes .
    That goes for Tompkins & Noble as well .

  • ChickenRunner says:

    Carroll fit & firing will get an England call up.Tomkins deserves a chance for sure.Noble,no chance Kevin,youre having a laugh imho.But good to see you on here feeling positive for a change 😉

    • Michael Miller says:

      Yes, Noble’s miles from England class – when Song gets fit again you’d expect Noble to be the one making way – just an opinion!

    • kevin says:

      Yeh , maybe you’re right . It would have been nice to see Noble given a chance though in a friendly just to see what he can contribute .. I reckon he deserved at least that .

  • petebonds says:

    We need all our strikers to stay and ALL the fans to get behind the team .

  • ChickenRunner says:

    ALL the fans??? Who the bloody hell isnt going to be behind the team atm???.Still doesnt change the fact i dont think Noble is worthy of an international call up though 😉

  • petebonds says:

    From what i read on here ” Chicken ” , you don’t mind me using for first name? At a time when we should all be enjoying “the moment ” there are still people on here arguing the toss over the previous manager and raking up past divisions among the fan base .
    Can’t understand it personally , time to move on i reckon . COYI

    • ChickenRunner says:

      Well from what i read on forums the majority who want to forget about the ex manager are the ones who were bigging up the 100% need for Allardyce to stay.Now they want him consigned to history & never spoken of again.Its a funny ol’ game 😉

  • slaven a laugh says:

    Really pleased for big Andy. Biggest cheer I’ve ever heard when he scored yesterday. Where are you now Brendan Rogers?

  • ChickenRunner says:

    There has been a more recent managert of his been less than complimentary about him in the press.I bet it felt good for him to score that goal.Sont think he gives a damn what Rodgers think,lol

  • bubs says:

    Just hope Roy lets him train with the method Slav,s mob has set,
    And for us that spend time on this site every day because we love the banter and views of other Hammer fans,talking about every aspect of our club will continue,
    Some of us have spent 2 years and more for this season,by calling for a new team of people to take this club forward in a Westham Way,so that gives us the right to bring up
    Problems of the past,
    Big selection problem next week
    Zarate ?Moses ?Reid ?Ogbonna ?Noble ? Obiang ? To name a few,

  • ironswatch says:

    he done well and a great option to change a game is it me or does he look fitter leaner then ever

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