West Ham chairman David Sullivan has admitted that the club made a huge mistake in the heavy investment made on the purchase of Andy Carroll from Liverpool last summer.
Carroll has been plagued by injury since signing for the club, having only made 16 appearances last season, scoring a total of 3 goals. He is now once again on the treatment table, with Sullivan stating that he expects Carroll to be playing in 4 months time – well with Andy’s record I would say that is 6-7 months in reality.
The nature of his current injury is a hard one to digest, mainly because of the conflicting information us fans have been fed this pre season regarding our record signings fitness.
Carroll was pictured, like all players, arriving at Chadwell Heath 3 weeks ago beaming with excitement for his first day of pre season training. This to me looked a man ready to show his worth to the club, and finally deliver.
However it wasn’t long after that noises were coming from the club suggesting Carroll had returned ‘unfit’, and ‘behind all other players’. This to me was somewhat confusing, especially considering Carroll had posted many tweets over the summer showing him working out in gyms and practising yoga. Hardly seems like a man not putting in effort to stay in shape.
Then came his absences from our first two pre-season friendlies here in England. Fans were expecting to see him at least feature, but to not make the squad at all sent alarm bells ringing in many minds I’m sure.
Then came the questions from the fans, fired at the club across social media demanding to know what was wrong with him. Why is he not featuring at all? The club then put all our minds at ease by saying that Carroll would travel with the squad to the next stage of their pre-season in New Zealand, and would ‘play 45 minutes against Wellington Pheonix’. Excellent news.
Ah, then a mere 24 hours later, we’re suddenly informed Carroll has a ‘sore ankle’ and will be returning back to England for treatment as a ‘precaution’. Well, for me that was it. Carroll was seriously injured and we all knew it deep down.
The club have lied throughout this pre season and that is a clear fact. And even now I’m still not understanding really what has happened, or when Carroll picked this injury up.
One thing is for sure, we need to forget Andy Carroll for now. We cannot allow ourselves to have a repeat of last season where we relied heavily on the presence of a man that hasn’t got the body to cope with being a professional footballer.
What would be nice now is to finally hear the truth from the club in what has happened to our main player. One that once upon a time we all had such high hopes for.