The future of Andy Carroll is up for discussion once again inside the Football Transfer Tavern, and David Anderson of the Daily Mirror has stopped by to give us Sam Allardyce’s view on the matter.
The West Ham United manager who has made no secret of his desire to keep Carroll beyond his season long loan spell, has warned the striker his next move will be the biggest of his career.
The England forward has struggled with hamstring and knee problems this season, but has impressed whenever fit at Upton Park and put in a man of the match performance in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday evening.
Allardyce said of the 24-year-old: “The next move is a critical one for him. It’s about playing, improving and scoring goals. That next move has to implement all of that for the team he plays for and him. He, for me, and that team will be successful.
“He is still developing and is not in his prime. He is still two or so years from his prime.
“Considering what he can grow into with those talents – and something nobody has got which is size; physical presence, with talent – if you marry those together, his threat is a very big talent indeed, and a very difficult one to stop.
“We would love it to work out as a long-term prospect. But things need to be done and identified at the end of the season.
“I don’t see any problem with him being in London. They are good in terms of bonding as a team – he has slipped in really well with Kevin Nolan and others. He is also big buddies with Joey O’Brien.”
Allardyce has previously spoke of his concerns at not being able to afford the £17 million asking price for the forward, with financial fair play rules looking likely to scupper the move.