On Sunday, the Mirror reported that Andy Carroll has his heart set on staying at the London Stadium and that he hopes he will be able to earn a new contract – the 29-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer. Manuel Pellegrini must be ruthless by binning the big striker and signing Championship hot-shot Neal Maupay instead.
Well, according to the Mirror, former Liverpool man Carroll is determined to remain on the pitch rather than the treatment table going forward with the aim being to secure a new deal in claret and blue before he becomes a free agent in July.
The number 9 rakes in £90k per week at West Ham – ridiculous considering he has been sidelined through injury for 381 days since April 2017 and has slipped right to the bottom of the pecking order.
However, the left-footer was influential as he came off the bench against Crystal Palace at the weekend, winning the free-kick from which Javier Hernandez netted his side’s second as he used his physical presence to draw a foul from former teammate James Tomkins.
Manuel Pellegrini has transformed the Hammers this season as he turns them into one of the more attractive sides to watch in the league, especially with Felipe Anderson raiding the wings – the Chilean’s expansive style does not accommodate Carroll too easily and, while he can be a handful for defences to deal with, the 6-foot-4 forward should be offloaded and a much more reliable replacement brought in.
Brentford hitman Maupay has been a revelation for the Bees this season as he chalks up an impressive 13 goals and six assists in 19 games in the Championship, giving his side their best shot at staying in the English second division.
The Frenchman has the most goal contributions in the league (19) so far and his quality link up play makes him viable as a second striker – the 22-year-old could be the perfect player to play off Marko Arnautovic.
‘Arnie’, as the Irons fans like to call him, recently picked up an injury that has enabled Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez to take opportunities in the starting lineup, but neither compliment the big Austrian particularly well.
Maupay’s movement and vision could make him both the ideal replacement for Carroll – they may be of completely different statures but the 5-foot-7 striker’s industrialism will make up for his lack of physical presence – and the foil for Arnautovic that Pellegrini has thus far been unable to find.
The former Saint-Etienne man is valued at just £4.5m by Transfermarkt – peanuts for a side who spent just shy of £100m last summer – and would represent significantly better value for money than Carroll, who will have cost the Hammers £45m by the time his six-year deal runs down.
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