In Focus: Andy Carroll needs to prove he can be West Ham’s main man

As reported by The Daily Mail, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has delivered a warning to Andy Carroll about his future at the club, saying this is the season he needs to be fit.

What’s the story?

Andy Carroll has had his fair share of injury problems throughout his career and that’s been as true at West Ham United as anywhere else.

Now his manager Slaven Bilic has laid down a challenge to the striker if he’s to have a hope of winning a new contract at the club.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, the West Ham boss said:

This is his season to be fit, to stay fit. He’s got two years (on his current contract). If we are talking about his contract, the question mark about him is his fitness, how much he is available during the season.

The 28-year-old signed his contract back in 2013 and with The Telegraph reporting he earns £90,000-a-week, it’s important for the Hammers that players on that kind of wage are playing every week.

Plenty to offer

When injury free and up to full match fitness, there’s no doubt that Andy Carroll has plenty to offer West Ham United. He’s scored 30 Premier League goals in 100 top-flight appearances for the Irons, which is not a bad return considering his style of play and ability to bring others into the game around him.

The fact he has only made 100 appearances in the league is of course a problem though. He has only managed to make more than 20 Premier League appearances once since he joined the club permanently in 2013.

So while he has plenty to offer, he has plenty to prove to and West Ham fans will be hoping this is the year he strings together the kind of form that can make him such a talent to celebrate.