West Ham put in an impressive performance in their goalless draw with Ronald Koeman’s Everton side. Although they could have offered a lot more going forward, the Hammers were resilient and their solid defensive display managed to shut out the Premier League’s top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku.
With a positive performance in the bag, the east Londoners will be looking to get an end of season run of form going, starting with their clash against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium this weekend.
Earlier in the week co-owner David Gold claimed that main man Andy Carroll would be available for the trip to face Mark Hughes’ side, however, manager Slaven Bilic has now confirmed that the game has come ‘too soon’ and that the former Newcastle man will once again miss out.
Whilst there are plenty of things we could pick apart here surrounding the fact that an owner is now confirming team news on Twitter before the manager has had the chance to have a look and speak to his staff before informing the press, we’ll leave that for now and focus on the future of Carroll himself.
The striker, signed from Liverpool after impressing on loan in east London, has scored some important goals for the Hammers and has forged a strong relationship with the fans.
The Geordie, who himself has admitted once he is home is not too interested in watching more football, is one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League on his day. Defenders find his power almost impossible to deal with and his finishing is of the highest order.
However, his days are few and far between. Since joining the Hammers in 2012, the striker has missed over 780 days through injury, over two years. That is a lot of money on wages down the drain.
When he is in the side, goals come easily to the England international, who could be a real asset for the Three Lions if he was fit for long enough.
With that in mind, should the club want to return to challenge for European places next term, which for most fans is a must, the powers that be at the London Stadium must act fast in order to bring in a level of consistency up top.
It has been a long time coming, however, just when there is a chance of a real up turn in form to end the season on a high, Carroll’s latest let down could well be the final straw.