West Ham United legend Julian Dicks has claimed that he expected more from loan star Andy Carroll this season and that a permanent deal is a long way off.

Carroll has scored just once for the Hammers this season since arriving on loan from Liverpool in the summer and after all the expectancy in him, Dicks has been disappointed by the Geordies’ impact.

Carroll has also suffered two injuries in his four months in East London, as well as being involved in off the field incidents at the teams Christmas party.

West Ham will now be without Carroll until the new year after the England striker picked up a knee injury against Manchester United last month and will rely on Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga to keep the Hammers in mid table.

Dicks is unconvinced that West Ham will currently be prepared to pay big money for the tall striker, but a few more goals could change that opinion.

“Andy has to do a lot more for West Ham to keep him because he isn’t going to come cheap,”

“I just think we need someone who can score 20 goals a season — and I really can’t see him doing that.

“In terms of his all-round game, he is good enough, but I still expect more from him.” (PA)

 

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