In Focus: West Ham would be right to show exit door to injury-plagued striker

According to reports in the Evening Standard, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is set to hold talks with striker Andy Carroll in the summer over his continued injury problems.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Carroll has been plagued by injury problems ever since making a £15m to the Irons from Liverpool in 2013, and he is currently absent with his third injury of the season.

The 28-year-old missed the visit of Everton and trip to Stoke City – which both ended in goalless draws – with a groin problem, a recurring injury that also kept him on the sidelines in February.

The England striker also missed the majority of the first half of the campaign with a knee injury, and he has played the full 90 minutes on just 12 occasions in all competitions – something that is beginning to frustrate the club and manager Slaven Bilic.

Is he still a key player?

He certainly is.

Carroll has scored seven goals in 18 Premier League outings this season, including a stunning overhead kick in the win against Crystal Palace in January.

His height, presence and ability to finish make him a vital part of the current side, especially as he has often been the only fit centre-forward.

Is there a chance he could go?

Yes, definitely.

As we mentioned previously, Bilic and the club may feel that they can’t continue to rely on the 28-year-old and could look to bring in at least one new striker – or probably more – because of the injury problems suffered by him and Diafra Sakho this season.

The Irons have already been linked to out-of-favour Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge – an addition that would put Carroll’s future at the London Stadium into further doubt.

What’s the verdict, then?

Carroll’s injury problems this season could prove to be the final straw for Bilic and the east London outfit, who could look to bring in players that he feels he can rely on during the summer in order to try and push on up the Premier League table next term.