Yesterday saw Andy Carroll in action again for the second time in ten days. The big target man came off the bench for the final half an hour of the Hammers’ 3-1 win over Cardiff City and whilst the game was as good as won at 3-0 when he was introduced, some of the more glass-half-empty Irons weren’t convinced it was done and dusted.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 4 December 2018
Carroll came on to replacer Javier Hernandez, who after grabbing an impressive brace against Newcastle on the weekend failed to add to his three Premier League goals against Neil Warnock’s side. However, Carroll failed to grab a goal meaning that he has to wait even longer to find the net again after last bagging back in April, making it 232 days since he last cashed in on a goal bonus.
The striker doesn’t look to have a massive future at the London Stadium, especially considering that Manuel Pellegrini inherited the Englishman in his squad and still looked to add another forward in the form of Lucas Perez. Last night saw the Chilean’s Spanish forward grab two off the bench when he replaced Marko Arnautovic and it’s fair to say that the Hammers were much happier to see Perez off the bench than they were to see Carroll.
You can read the Irons’ responses to Carroll’s introduction here:
— JoshTappin (@JoshTappin91) December 4, 2018
— Jon Bond (@jonbond79) December 4, 2018
All right have a good night
— Melih (@MrBartowski17) December 4, 2018
Has he come off injured yet?
— Brandon Chambers (@brandonJLchambs) December 4, 2018
I thought it was all going too well
— Kelly Muggs (@kellyloumugg) 4 December 2018
What were the odds on Perez, Antonio and Carroll scoring tonight? 3 million to one?
— Staffordshire COYI (@martynr61) December 4, 2018
The Hammers didn’t expect to see Carroll play last night and they weren’t too pleased when he was called into action.