Manuel Pellegrini says that Andy Carroll faces a “challenge” to win a new contract at West Ham United.
The striker is once again back to full fitness, but the former Liverpool striker is too big of a risk for the Hammers to take.
Carroll returned to the goal trail again versus Birmingham City at the weekend, as the Hammers won 2-0 to progress to the fourth round.
It was his first strike of the season, having previously made seven Premier League appearances.
Carroll’s current contract expires at the end of the season, and the Hammers hold the option to extend that deal by a further year.
Pellegrini, though, says the 30-year-old must prove his worth between now and the end of the season, telling Football.London: “Well I think that Andy has a big challenge from now until the end of the season to try and renew his contract because he’s a player that during his career he demonstrated his level.
“I think he did very well against Birmingham. Now we are in the second round (sic) and continue in the FA Cup we will see his performances.
“It was important for him to start having more minutes but not immediately 90 minutes, that’s why I gave him 25, 30, 60, 70, that is important to him not to risk any new injuries.
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“Now he is coming back he demonstrated that he can play without problems, now we hope that he will be fit for the rest of the season.”
As it stands, there seems little point even contemplating the prospect of handing Carroll a new deal.
Carroll cost West Ham £15million in 2013, per the BBC, with the Hammers breaking their transfer record at the time to acquire a player who had struggled at Liverpool.
FFC understands that the striker earns £85,000-per-week at the London Stadium, and remains one of the highest-earners at the club.
That is despite the fact that Carroll has struggled immensely for fitness since joining the club permanently.
Since the 2013-14 season, Carroll has missed a total of 94 Premier League games.
He has only played more games than he has missed in two seasons, 2015-16, and 2017-18.
Despite that, he has never hit double figures in the Premier League for the club, with his highest-scoring season coming in his most consistent season; he netted nine times in 2015-16.
At West Ham, he has averaged 4.3 goals per season. For a striker who continues to earn a hefty pay packet, that simply isn’t good enough.
Pellegrini seems to know that, and there should be little debate if Carroll deserves a new deal; quite simply, he doesn’t.
The only issue faced by the Irons is finding a buyer this month. After all, what club in the world would deem Carroll the answer to any scoring woes?
Come the summer, however, it won’t be the Irons’ problem if they do what they must, and allow the striker to leave on a free transfer.