West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that a clause in Andy Carroll’s loan contract means he can be recalled by Liverpool in January, according to Goal.
Carroll made an impressive start to his Hammers’ career in his side’s 3-0 victory over Fulham three weeks ago. However, the 23-year-old was absent for West Ham’s goalless draw at Norwich on Saturday due to a hamstring injury picked up in the Fulham game.
Allardyce told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday program that he is unsure whether Liverpool have any intention of going through with the recall yet, “There’s an opportunity for Liverpool if they want to, but whether they do or they don’t will be in a matter of time.”
The Hammers boss also believes that Carroll will be instrumental in helping his side remain in the Premier League this season, “If Andy’s playing for us on a regular basis by then, he’ll have played a major part in keeping us in the league this year.”
‘Big Sam’ revealed that he tried to bring in Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United in the summer but couldn’t match the asking price and wages that Fulham were offering the 31-year-old, “Fulham created their own transfer funds. They knew Clint Dempsey was moving on, and one or two others, and that gave them the opportunity to go big.” Allardyce added, “They were interested in Andy Carroll as well, I believe, and we were glad to get Andy on a loan basis but they obviously clinched Dimitar Berbatov.”
Allardyce reckons that Carroll will return for West Ham’s home fixture versus Southampton on the 20th October. This means that the striker will be absent for two key London derbies against QPR and Arsenal as well as two of England’s World Cup Qualifiers against Poland and San Marino.
West Ham seemed to miss the domineering presence of Carroll during the damp squib at Carrow Road as the Hammers could only muster four attempts on target in what was an evenly matched contest. Although, on a more positive not for Premier League newcomers, the 0-0 draw represents a third clean sheet in their opening four games.
The Hammers will be hoping to maintain their 100% home record when they entertain an improved Sunderland side to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.