West Ham have joined the list of clubs having a difficult start this year, with their first choice striker Andy Carroll sidelined for at least six weeks.
West Ham enjoyed a brilliant season last term, finishing in sixth position, after blowing a chance to move up higher the standings towards the end of the season.
Carroll hasn’t been in top form for years, but scoring crucial goals made the Hammers retain him this long. Since the 2010/2011 season, Carroll hasn’t scored more than single digits for West Ham. Last campaign, his goals were crucial but still didn’t exceed nine after 27 games played. The 27-year old England international picked up an injury during the 1-1 draw to Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League play off.
“Hopefully, it will be four weeks,” coach Slaven Bilic said trying to console himself.
“It’s nothing major, but it’s very sad for him and us. It’s a big problem for us without him. We’re counting on him big time,” he added. West Ham would have to make a quick signing before the transfer market closes, as their marquee signing of the summer Andre Ayew picked up a four months thigh injury on his first game. The £20 million signing holds the club’s record transfer fee.
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Not every player who deserves a stint in the Euro league gets their due part.
However, one should learn to enjoy their time off and not take their non participation too harshly. For instance, Andy Carroll might have gotten snubbed for the Euro 2016 this time, but that has not prevented him from enjoying the time off with his family. He has definitely learnt to enjoy life and that is how everyone needs to learn to take their journey of life.
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West Ham striker, Andy Carroll says his team mates also deserve a call up to the national team based on their performances this season.
He believes team-mates Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble are also deserving of a place in England’s squad this summer according to latest reports from The Sun
Carroll has been in blistering form for the Hammers of late, impressing a number of Premier League observers and prompting calls for an England shot following his hat-trick against Arsenal. There is no denying that the former Newcastle United man would a strong option for England, yet thus far not a single West Ham player has been called up by Roy Hodgson leading up to the summer.
Carroll, speaking to reporters on the matter, says he has not given up hope yet of a call-up while also suggesting both Cresswell and Noble deserve to be given an opportunity to stake a claim for a place.
The centre forward was quoted saying:
“I’ve got the holiday all ready to go but I’ve not paid the deposit yet just in case.
“Maybe me, Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell deserve to be there. I’ve not given up hope for sure,” he told The Sun reporters.
Carroll, 27, was in the England squad for the European Championships in 2012 and proved to be a real handful for defences, using his height and aerial power to bully defenders. Read more »
Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger has praised the effort of West Ham striker, Andy Carroll after a superb performance against his team. He admitted the striker had a field day as his defenders were unable to deal with crosses.
The Gunners lost out in their Premier League campaign this season with the draw. League leaders, Leicester City went on to defeat Sunderland in a hard-fought away match. Tottenham in second place also defeated Manchester United derailing Arsenal’s EPL title charge.
Leicester City now ahead of The Gunners by 13 points though Arsenal have a game in hand. Arsenal were ahead in the match with goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at Upton Park. Andy Carroll then started his goal scoring spree sending Westham into the lead but Laurent Koscielny was able to salvage a point for the team.
Arsene Wenger admits that the striker who has now scored seven Premier League goals for West Ham this season was lucky not to have been sent off challenge on Koscielny in the first half.
Wenger admitted that his team’s defense struggled with Carroll’s aerial strength.
“Why did we struggle with Carroll? Because he’s good in the air. We had a good game but a bad result, and we paid for a weakness we have had all season – headers in our box.”
On Carroll’s tackle on Koscielny. Wenger said: “Yes of course, he was lucky to finish the game, but that doesn’t mean we have to concede goals from headers; we have to look at ourselves.” Read more »
Massimiliano Allegri has the task of defending the Serie A title of Juventus and the Italian manager is also expected to make a genuine charge for another piece of silverware but the current champions of Italy faced an early obstacle as they played against Udinese and lost 0-1 in the opening match of the season.
This defeat does not seem to concern Allegri as the former manager of Ac.Milan announced that his team is in good shape and that his team actually played fine but just failed to deliver the goals. Allegri said: “We did what we had to do for 70 minutes, only really failing to get a goal. Then we should have defended better on their goal. We had five men back there against two, and we were really badly organized.
“Physically we’re in great shape, so it’s nothing to do with that. I think we played well; we just need to have more belief in ourselves because we do have a lot of quality. Our squad is already good enough to challenge for the Scudetto’’
Juventus wasn’t the only team which sustained a surprising result in their opening match of the season as this also occurred with other teams from around the club including: Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Chelsea had to settle with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City and a few weeks later they only barely managed to claim a 3-2 triumph over West Bromwich Albion and this was mostly thanks to the outstanding performance of Pedro who signed with the Premier League club on August 20. Read more »
14 goals in 51 appearances, that’s the record that Andy Carroll has created ever since he joined West Ham United back in August of 2012 as the Englishman originally signed a loan deal with the Premier League club but the contract was transformed into a permanent. This decision might not have been a wise one as Carroll is considered to be a huge flop.
€15 million was the transfer fee that West Ham United had to pay in order to sign Andy Carroll permanently as the player made a switch from Liverpool over to West Ham United hoping that he would turn into a regular starter and a prolific goal-scorer, unfortunately for him it never happened.
During Andy Carroll’s first season as a player of West Ham United, he made 24 appearances as he was a regular player for the club but after only managing to score 7 goals, it really wasn’t the dream start that the English forward wanted to have.
The following season things did not get much better for Carroll as he made 15 Premier League appearances and only scored 2 goals.
Andy Carroll is currently injured as he suffered a tear in his medial ligament during West Ham United’s match against Southampton which was played on February of 2015 and after undergoing surgery it has been confirmed that the player will not be able to get back in the playing grounds and perform for his team for the remainder of the season.
This means that his season is over even though the Premier League still has around 2 more months before it concludes. Currently, in this season Carroll has made 14 Premier League appearances and found the back of the net on 5 occasions. Read more »