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Transfer Flashbacks: Andy Carroll

On the 19th of June 2013, West Ham confirmed the permanent signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool following a decent loan spell that began the previous year. 

Carroll struggled for form after his big-money move from Newcastle United to Anfield back in 2011 before joining West Ham where he initially went through a resurgence, which prompted Hammers supporters to be excited over his permanent transfer.

However, since arriving in east London, £9m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Carroll has had more difficulties in the form of injuries.

That being said, when the 29-year-old has played, he has been a real handful for Premier League defenders across the country.

Everyone is well aware of the threat Carroll possesses in the air, but his overall centre-forward play has played its part in the good moments West Ham have enjoyed since they earned promotion back to English football’s top flight back in 2012.

The 2015/16 season, in particular, was where Carroll’s presence up top could be felt most. As well as the nine goals he scored in the 27 Premier League appearances he was fit enough to play in during that campaign, Carroll was great at holding up the ball before laying it off for the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, who then worked their magic.

Despite all of the attacking additions they have made this summer, West Ham have looked toothless in attack and could have probably done with a player of Carroll’s profile in certain games just to give the team another alternative.

Injuries have, of course, plagued Carroll during his time at Upton Park and the London Stadium and may leave supporters thinking the club have wasted money on the England international.

Carroll, though, often does make an impact when on the pitch for West Ham and is a better player than most people would probably like to admit.

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