Opinion

Major mistake: West Ham £9m-rated forward should have left the London Stadium by now

While Andy Carroll’s future was already uncertain under David Moyes, the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham manager may not have done the 29-year-old any favours.

Pellegrini has already spoken about playing an exciting brand of football at the London Stadium, as per the Guardian, something that isn’t usually associated with Carroll’s name.

With the hiring of Pellegrini and one year reaming on Carroll’s contract, the big centre-forward, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, could be moved on this summer in a potential transfer that probably should’ve happened a while back.

Carroll’s constant habit of picking up injuries hasn’t helped anyone at the club, while the England international always faced the challenge – before the injuries – of fully winning over supporters, with his style of play not exactly being something closely affiliated with the ‘West Ham way’.

A surprising £20m transfer to Chelsea (via the Guardian) was in the pipeline during the January transfer window with the Blues head coach Antonio Conte in desperate search for a target man, but an ankle injury scuppered any potential move, to the likely disappointment of  the West Ham hierarchy.

Carroll’s current contract situation and the unlikeness of a club of Chelsea’s stature coming in for the striker in the coming weeks, means the club won’t get anything close to the £20m the 2017 Premier League champions were willing to pay.

Nevertheless, West Ham and Carroll should still part ways with each other before the Premier League recommences in August.

Marko Arnautovic’s impressive display of form up front and Javier Hernandez’s compatibility to the type of football Pellegrini wants to employ in east London, means Carroll should finally leave the club.

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