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Carroll Still Disappointing

West Ham United still has not recovered the €15 million they spend in signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool back in May of 2013. The English attacker has only scored 9 goals in 39 league appearances for his club. Carroll is currently undergoing a recovery treatment which is expected to be completed around New Year’s.

Carroll’s history of injuries has seen him missing out from the majority of last season due to an Achilles problem and now he has once more been hit with an injury that is yet again going to be leaving him out of action for an extensive period of time.  West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce has recently spoken to the public concerning the condition of Andy Carroll as he stated that the former Liverpool player is ‘’miserable’’ due to all of these recent injuries.

Sam Allardyce told reporters: “He is pretty miserable. He is not very happy with life at the moment because it is a massive blow to him again. We just have to pick his spirits up. Hopefully when the boot comes off and the specialist gives him the okay to start working again he will feel a lot happier with himself. But he is certainly very upset and very miserable at this moment in time.”

Andy Carroll’s large absence from the playing grounds has forced Allardyce on having to look around in the transfer market for players that could fill in the gap left by the English forward with Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia being some of the latest attacking players being signed by Allardyce.

Even though Carroll is not expected to play for the remainder of the current year, Allardyce remains confident that West Ham United can still be able to enjoy a fairly successful Premier League season by finishing in the top 10 spots.

Allardyce Reveals Desire For More Players

Despite having already signed: Mauro Zarate, Cheikhour Kouyate, Diego Poyet and Aaron Cresswell in this summer transfer window, the manager of West Ham United Sam Allardyce revealed that he still has some busy days ahead as there more players he would like to sign but it depends on the budget.

“I think there are three or four positions but it depends on the budget. You would say there is still room for a young central defender, particularly a left-footed one because we do run with three and not four. Ideally, you would have four. You would also say we need another left-back to go along with Aaron and I think a front-line player and the possibility of a midfield player as well.” Allardyce told reporters as he responded to questions regarding the transfer window of West Ham.

Sam Allardyce guided West Ham United to a comfortable mid-section spot in the Premier League in the previous season of the Premier League which was a very impressive feat to accomplish considering the limited resources that he had available. It certainly wasn’t a dream season for Allarydce and the players but they managed on steering clear away from the relegation zone.

Now that Allardyce has been given a decent transfer budget for him to strengthen the squad, they could aim for higher spots.

The midfield section of West Ham United has recently been weakened after Jack Collison and Joe Cole departed the club but it is believed that Sam Allardyce is attempting to lure the Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles away from Fenerbahce and into West Ham.

Another player who has impressed Allardyce is the Ukrainian Yevhen Konoplyanka who enjoyed going through an impressive past season with his club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk as he scored 13 goals in 36 appearances as well as providing a large number of assists throughout the previous campaign.

NEW CHANCES

There have been a lot of issues surrounding the future of Stephen Ireland playing international football for the Republic of Ireland. After falling out with several managers due to off the field incidents, he has retired from international duty. Now, the nation has appointed Martin O’Neill as the manager of the national team. Ireland is known to get along well with O’Neill since he was the man who brought him out of Manchester City to Aston Villa. As a result, there has been speculation that Ireland maybe persuaded out of international retirement.

His club manager Mark Hughes, though, feels that it is still too soon for the midfielder to think about international football. He says that he should focus on being a consistent player at club level. Ireland has been having an excellent season for Stoke after coming to the club on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa. Since his contract with the Midlands club is about to expire at the end of the season, he is widely tipped to stay at the Britannia stadium beyond this campaign as well. He has become a fan favourite after scoring one goal in eight appearances for the club.

“Stephen’s doing OK but he’s is not quite at the level that he was at two or three years ago. In terms of international football I think it is too soon, to be perfectly honest. I think he just needs to concentrate on getting back on track in terms of playing football week in, week out. It’s great for Jon [to captain Ireland] and he’s having a great time of it at the moment,” said Hughes about Ireland and John Walters.

Hughes thinks that Ireland can play much better given the talent at his disposal. Stoke City are undefeated in the last four matches.

READY TO BATTLE

Andy Carroll became a record signing for West Ham when they paid £15million on May of 2013 to Liverpool in order to secure the services of the 24 years old forward but so far has not been able to even play with his new club as he has been struggling with an ankle injury that has left him in the sidelines for 7 months.

West Ham are fighting in the bottom spots of the Premier League and are in need of their £15 million signing as they are one of the clubs that has managed to score less goals in this season.

They have received a boost recently after hearing news that Carroll has now returned training with the rest of the squad. The head coach of West Ham, Sam Allardyce did not feature Carroll in their match against Liverpool even though he was able to make his return.

“We will get him back as quick as we possibly can, but my position is to take a sensible view. We are in a difficult position at the minute but I can’t panic into putting Andy in too quickly. It is my responsibility to make sure he is there to stay when he comes back onto the field, and not just one or two games’’.
“In the position we’re in at the moment it is extremely tough to resist putting him in. I’d like to put him on the bench at Liverpool, but that would be rather stupid.” said Allardyce
The absence of Carroll has forced Allardyce on playing a number of matches in the Premier League with a formation without any forward or any main attacking outlet, so his return will be a huge boost for the team that are in need of someone that can get them out of the bottom spots of the standings.

STILL DREAMING

On 21 May 2013, West Ham made a £15 million move in order to permanently sign the former Liverpool player Andy Carroll but a heel injury has kept him unable to display the reason why West Ham splashed that amount of money.

In the last match of the past season the English forward sustained a heel injury which has kept him not able to play with West Ham in their last 9 matches.

Even though the injury has kept him away from the playing field, he remains optimistic about his future even stating his desire to play with England in the upcoming World Cup and try to play an important role for his national side.

“I’ve just got to get back and play for West Ham and score some goals and force myself back into the England squad,”

‘’I’m working hard every day and if I keep doing that then it shouldn’t be too much longer. I’ve kicked on a bit from when I first went over there. I was in a boot and on crutches, but it’s obviously feeling a lot better and I’m starting to do heavier work, rather than just balancing’’.

Having only scored 2 goals in 9 matches for England, it’s crucial that he makes a successful and complete recovery if he wants to secure the striker position in England’s squad as its currently being played by: Rooney, Sturridge and Welbeck as those are Roy Hodgson’s preferred choices.

West Ham’s coach Sam Allardyce already stated his desire for a swift recovery from Carroll and as soon as he is available, there is no doubt he will be added into his starting XI squad which is just what Carroll needs if he wants to get attention of Roy Hogdson and make a possible appearance in the 2014 World Cup.

HAMMERS SPEND MONEY

West Ham United spent huge money on England international Andy Carroll to sign him from Liverpool on a permanent basis. The striker spent the last season on loan at Upton Park. Even though he did not score a bucket load of goals, he was extremely influential for the club in terms of the style of play. As a result, West Ham decided to spend around £ 15 million to sign him from Liverpool. The striker had cost the Merseyside club £ 35 million only two years ago, but he has been a major disappointment since making the move to Anfield.

He, however, has been showing signs of getting back to his former self during his time at West Ham. It looks like the striker may have to be content with making a first-team appearance for the hammers as their own player only in November. This is because Carroll is currently on the treatment table and manager Sam Allardyce does not expect him to be back until the season is a few weeks old. West Ham will be starting the new season with a home match against newly promoted Cardiff city. Sam Allardyce knows all about the enthusiasm within the newly promoted teams and reckons that this will be very tough match.

“Andy is making good progress and doing some running. We will look at things over the next week but considering where he is in his preparation, I would have thought that we’re looking more realistically at the match following the international break, which is Southampton away  on September 15,” said the former Bolton and Newcastle United manager. West Ham do have options up front especially with the presence of Ravel Morrison. The youngster is still very raw, but he is regarded as one of the finest talents in English football right now.