Premier League.

His transfer from Newcastle to Liverpool was equally as shocking considering he only really had one good season at St. James’ Park. But the big question now is whether West Ham should take up the option of first refusal at the end of the season or send him back to Liverpool where he clearly isn’t wanted.

The striker’s impact at West Ham was immediate after he was involved in Kevin Nolan’s 1st minute opener in the 3-0 home win over Fulham in September. He continued to be a handful up front and he seemed to fit perfectly into Sam Allardyce’s style of play.

However, just one goal in 10 appearances wasn’t the contribution West Ham were expecting. Many believed a new club with new surroundings and the opportunity to link up again with best friend Kevin Nolan would see Carroll re-discover the goal scoring form that earned him that big money move to Liverpool in the first place.

But should we be looking beyond his lack of goals and be appreciating the extra dimension he gives the Hammers up top? There’s no denying he plays a major part in West Ham’s attacking threat and  his aerial presence was un-rivalled in the Premier League before injury struck a few weeks ago.

During his absence, West Ham have struggled to pick up results and are clearly missing him. That makes you wonder whether he is imperative to West Ham’s success in the Premier League regardless of how many goals he scores.

Is he worth the money? Seventeen million quid is a hell of a lot of money for a club like West Ham to be paying for one player, but if he can remain fit and continue building up an understanding with his new team mates then it’s a sacrifice I think West Ham must make.

With him due to return to action in mid-January, he will no doubt have another striker to compete for a starting place with. Allardyce is not likely to play 4-4-2 so we shouldn’t expect to see him being partnered up front with an old fashioned goal poaching forward, but the extra competition for places will help him improve and try harder to impress. After all, the pressure that huge price tag has given him will urge the striker to prove the country that he was worth every penny.

From West Ham’s point of view, and especially Sam Allardyce, it will all depend on how well he does in the second half of the season. If he gets a few assists on the board and scores some important goals then there will be a case for the club to spend a lot of money to keep him there. We all know he is the perfect fit for West Ham and their style of play, but if he can’t prove it then taking a punt on the hope that he’ll be better next season is risky.

With Andy Carroll, he will need to make a decision on whether he wants to remain at West Ham or not. There’s no point playing at a club when your heart is elsewhere and it’s clear he dreams of a return to Newcastle. Captain Kevin Nolan will play a huge part in that decision, I’m sure, and he’ll be eager to keep Carroll in London, but if he doesn’t feel it’s right for him here then the club or the fans wouldn’t begrudge him turning down a permanent move.

It is a lot of money but, in my opinion, he will be worth every penny. He works hard and fits in well at Upton Park and with the support of the fans, Allardyce and his team mates can give him, he’ll soon realise West Ham is a perfect place for him to justify the money Liverpool paid for him. Dig deep, Gold and Sullivan, because Big Andy is what we need to continue improving in the Premier League.

Do you think West Ham should splash the cash on Andy Carroll? Or is £17 million too much for a player who we are still waiting to see the best of in the Premier League?

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  • Billy
    1 year ago

    I think Carlton Cole can do a similar job, Although not a similar player i think he works harder and i think £17m can be spent better elsewhere. renewing his loan contract until he is proven would be ideal.

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  • el tel
    1 year ago

    first game he missed we won 3-1 spend 17 million on new players

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    • just
      1 year ago

      and we have not won since

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  • mark
    1 year ago

    Too much money and not doing enough! 17 million on more players and keeping mo diame ! Let Carroll move on for a player who doesnt need persuading west ham are fantastic club loved by millions inc me

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  • andy brown
    1 year ago

    not the goal scorer we desperately need with that much cash we can buy s strikers and left back

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    • just
      1 year ago

      most clubs are crying out for these goal scorers so can you tell us who they are and where they are available

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  • Ben pardon
    1 year ago

    I don’t think he has been given enough time yet. The lack of goals is not all his fault. Give him better service and he will score. He also offers far more than just his goal-scoring. It all depends on whether messrs Gold and Sullivan are prepared to dig deeper. They will know that if they get the Olympic Stadium they will need a quality team to draw the crowds. Securing Carroll’s services long-term would be a major statement of intent. More importantly though, they need to resolve the Diame escape clause issue immediately. If one of them had to go I would prefer it to be Carroll.

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  • Phil the iron
    1 year ago

    It should be remembered that Carroll is not Roy of the rovers and in the real world developing top class strikers take time. If given that ime I believe that big andy will more than prove his worth. Though I hope for everyone’s sake we can get him for less than what is been asked. A bad or not so good season plays into,our hands

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  • GavSmith
    1 year ago

    He’s probably worth a punt at £8-9m but at £17m much better players around. Gomis & Negredo are more proven and harder workers. Persuading them to join is the trick. Spend £10m on top player then £7m. Laudrup has shown that there are quality, cheaper Spanish and French players in a league that is financially insecure. Go shopping Sam and take off your English specs only way to grow.

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    • just
      1 year ago

      you said it yourself its not are there better its can you get better. as for Spain and France just because laudrup got lucky on a a player whose done better then anyone would of expected there are a lot more who fail unless you are buying the very best be very careful on cheap imports

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  • James
    1 year ago

    Great article, I think Andy’s presence up front is something we are really missing at the moment. He gives us someone to play towards and I think there is a link between Kevin Nolan’s form and Andy Carroll’s as Carroll has been out for a while, Nolan’s form has disappeared and I don’t think it is a coincidence. I hope we can negotiate the price with Liverpool 12 Million would be a reasonable fee to pay if he contributes a few more goals when he returns.

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