Recent reports from London Evening Standard hint that Slaven Bilic might be running out of patience with West Ham’s star striker Andy Carroll.
At this point, we’re all well aware of the dilemma surrounding the former England international. When fully fit and in top form, he borders upon unplayable for opposition defences through his height, power and netting prowess; but the frequency of such occasions is always limited by his recurring injury problems.
Indeed, Carroll’s managed just 15 Premier League starts this term, scoring seven goals, and that’s had a massive impact on West Ham’s results; their win-rate drops to just 24% when he’s not in the starting XI. Intriguingly, Bilic has now revealed he’ll hold talks with the 28-year-old about his injury record at the end of the season.
“I don’t like to moan but I would be very disappointed if [Carroll] is not involved in our next game. You don’t have to play 90 minutes but if he is on the bench it gives you a lift because we are lacking that power at the moment. We will talk about [his injury record] after the season. It is not his way of life or that he is not professional. As far as I know he is very settled, he is very up for training. It looked at one stage of the season that he was okay. It was no coincidence that in that period we won six of nine. And then suddenly you are without him.”
The resulting question is whether Bilic may already be considering cashing in on Carroll this summer – but how would you handle the situation, West Ham fans? Let us know whether the east London outfit should sell by voting below…