It was always going to happen, but it looks like this summer is going to be when West Ham fans wave goodbye to Andy Carroll.
It was recently confirmed by the Daily Mail that the 30-year-old striker will be out for the remainder of the season after going under the knife yet again to cure his long-running ankle problems, and with his striker expiring this summer and Carroll not managing to score for the Hammers this year, it is looking likely the former Liverpool forward will be released when his contract expires this summer.
The striker has spent the past six years in east London, and although his performances haven’t been too spectacular, he has remained a popular figure around the club. With West Hame looking for more forward options in the off-season and likely to offload the former Newcastle man, what are the potential consequences of Carroll leaving West Ham…
Hammers slice big chunk off wage bill
It’s crazy to think that even after high reputation signings in the past few seasons like Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Issa Diop, Carroll is still one of the highest paid players at the club.
According to Spotrac, Carroll is on £90,000-a-week, the fifth highest weekly wage at the club and more than what Manuel Lanzini, Lukasz Fabianski and club captain Mark Noble make under the Hammers.
With Carroll gone from the club, David Gold and David Sullivan will be saving close to £4.5 million on player wages alone and freeing up major room on the payroll for new players over the summer.
Carroll seeks new meaning in football
It’s no real secret that Carroll is a former shadow of the player that he once was during his younger years as a Premier League striker, and now in his 30s, the forward could do with a move away from England for a new change of scenery.
A move to MLS has been reported by the Times, and the pace and improvement of the league over the years could be a good option for Carroll should a club decide to come in for the former England international.
If the striker is able to combat the controversies of his past as well, there is no reason to believe that Carroll can be a success in the growing league, with former Premier League strikers Wayne Rooney and Carlos Vela being productive players in America so far this season.
West Ham fans, was Carroll a success at the club? Let us know!
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