He’s big, he’s tall, he gets injured off the ball but what should we do with Andy Carroll? In February, we reportedly turned down a £32 million bid from clubs in the Chinese Super League for Andy. He’s a dynamic player but his repeated, and often downright bizarre, injuries have hampered his time on the pitch. Should we have accepted that big money bid from China, or should we be keeping Carroll on our books? There’s no question that Carroll is a tremendous player. His aerial strength is impressive, and the man can certainly hammer in a goal.
His overhead bicycle kick against Crystal Palace was the stuff of legend, and he’s absolutely one of our most effective players clearing last minute balls off the line on the other end of the pitch. This season, he’s scored six league goals in 15 appearances, but there is a downside to Andy Carroll.
Firstly, he’s strong but he is a predictable type of player, and if you have a defender who can keep him quiet (enter David Luiz) he’s out of a game. Of course, the biggest issue with Andy Carroll is that he is made out of biscuits and gets injured at a shocking rate.
His presence is excellent, but it’s not reliable and therein lies the problem. He’s an excellent player, but you just don’t know how much you’ll see him each season. The reported £32million would be a boost financially for West Ham but truth be told, I’d rather keep Andy on our books and, occasionally, on the pitch too. Not just because I think he’s a good player but more because I don’t trust the club to spend the money on a player that would be an improvement on the man who is currently our best striker.
I don’t trust the way the board spend money and bring in players. I’d rather have Andy Carroll available for 50 per cent of our games this season than have a front line of Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri available for 100 per cent of our games.
Selling one of the only strikers who is actually scoring does nothing to stop our goals shortage; and I just don’t believe the board would make a good omelette by cracking one of our few golden eggs. Last year’s club record £20 million signing Andre Ayew is only now starting to contribute regular goals but thus far, not quite lived up to expectations. Would we see the same thing with whomever the £32m is spent on?
Yes, Andy Carroll is plagued by injuries – but he’s also an incredibly hard worker who is scoring goals. In this case, it’s much better to stick with the devil you know.