Andy Carroll, the perfect Sunday League forward, mammoth aerial presence, and former Liverpool flop, is quite literally on his last legs at West Ham United.
According to the Daily Mail, Manuel Pellegrini has cast serious doubt over the future of Andy Carroll admitting that the forward may have played his last game for the club following news of another injury.
The 30-year-old has only managed three Premier League starts this term and a total of 453 minutes, failing to find the back of the net in each.
Asked on the status of Carroll’s injury Pellegrini replied: ‘We don’t know. I cannot tell you. We need to wait for some medical examinations and then after that, we will know.’
He was quality; an absolute bully in the forward positions that no one had the answer to; a genuine option in the international setup; an English brute the likes of Germany, France and Spain could barely wrap their pure footballing heads around.
But for that very same reason, he needs to be left behind.
Andy Carroll harks back to a time teams are now trying to distance themselves from – lumping the ball up to the big man and seeing what he can do.
It is all about total football now; the slick, easy on the eye style of play inherited from continental powerhouses; the likes of Burnley trying to play like Barcelona in their prime.
Sam Allardyce is long gone now but his legacy lives on through the injury prone donkey that is Andy Carroll. When he inevitably leaves at the end of the year, the Hammers can take in a deep breath of fresh, progressive air, as the dark cloud of his era finally floats away.
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