West Ham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend courtesy of a 2-0 success over Watford at the London Stadium.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Hornets off the back of losing 3-1 to fellow strugglers Brighton in their preceding league outing, which brought to an end their solid six-match unbeaten league run. Yet the Hammers clinched a vital three points to put some further distance between themselves and the relegation zone last weekend, with goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic sealing a routine success for Moyes’ side, in turn moving them up to 12th place in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Hammers in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are getting increasingly confident that their team will beat the drop this season, something which looked highly unlikely when Moyes replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic back in November.
Nonetheless, several of our resident West Ham fans are turning their attentions towards the summer, chiefly to what business their side may conduct in trying to bring players to the London Stadium, and indeed letting some leave the club.
And one man many of them feel should be let go this summer is striker Andy Carroll, whose contract is up in 2019 and ultimately doesn’t appear to be getting away from his mountain of injury problems.
The 29-year-old has managed just 12 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this term, and has mustered in excess of 20 league games in just one of his four full seasons since making the move to East London permanent back in 2013.
Thus, the former Newcastle United striker is simply too unreliable to be depended upon.
Yes, the Hammers are often a much better side when Carroll is leading the line, but it is surely too infrequent for Moyes to consider him a viable option heading into the new season.
Remarkably, the East London club gave the England international a six-year deal when he signed permanently for the club back in June 2013 – he has since then rewarded them with some important goals, but ultimately just 100 games in all competitions.
And he doesn’t look like adding any more to that anytime soon. Carroll is out with a foot injury after undergoing surgery during January – it very much remains to be seen whether he returns to action before the end of the season.
Clearly, he offers West Ham something different upfront and often makes an impact when on the field, but it arguably doesn’t happen regularly enough for the 29-year-old to warrant a new deal at the club.
And with this summer the penultimate transfer window before his contract expires in 2019, the Hammers simply must cash in on the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) during the close season.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!