Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Sam Allardyce has revealed Andy Carroll is "miserable" after suffering his latest ankle injury.
Carroll is facing a four-month spell on the sidelines, and Allardyce was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror's Simon Bird:
He is pretty miserable. He is not very happy with life at the moment because it’s a massive blow to him again.
We just have to pick his spirits up.
Hopefully when the boot comes off and the specialist gives him the OK to start working again he will feel a lot happier with himself.
But he is certainly very upset and very miserable at this moment in time.
Updates from Friday, July 25
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed the Hammers will look to bring in one, maybe two, new strikers in order to cover the void left by Andy Carroll's injury.
Sullivan told talkSPORT's Sports Bar:
We have to bring in another striker and we’re working on it now to buy one, or loan one, or both.
You can never have enough strikers and really with Andy gone we haven’t got enough.
Updates from Thursday, July 24
Andy Carroll confirmed his status via his twitter account:
Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!! pic.twitter.com/kTAYuF0YGB— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) July 24, 2014
Earlier, Metro reported the latest on Andy Carroll's injured ankle:
Andy Carroll has suffered a further injury nightmare at West Ham, after the striker was ruled out until at least December with torn ankle ligaments.
And it looks as though the coming campaign will be a repeat performance for the former Newcastle man, who is set to undergo surgery tomorrow.
Carroll reported a sore ankle in training ahead of the Hammers’ pre-season friendly with Wellington and was pulled out of the match as a ‘precautionary measure’.
Jack Sullivan, son of owner David Sullivan, posted on his Twitter account about Carroll as well:
VERY BAD NEW REGARDING AC, TORN LIGAMENTS IN ANKLE... OPERATION TOMORROW WITH TOP SURGEON IN USA... WILL BE PLAYING IN 4 MONTHS— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) July 24, 2014
Andy Carroll's injury nightmares continue with fears the player could now miss up to four months of action from West Ham's first team.
Darren Lewis of the Mirror explains that the east London team are hopeful that Carroll's latest setback will only keep him sidelined for two to four weeks, but they may now step up their search to bring in a new striker if the player receives further bad news.
The club are hopeful that the extent of the setback is nothing more than a twisted ankle, which they feel would rule Carroll out for two to four weeks. There are, however, concerns that lightning may have struck twice for the luckless England frontman.
And the Hammers now face an anxious wait to see how his ankle responds to treatment over the next few days. The worst-case scenario would see 25-year-old Carroll missing a large part of the first half of the season—just as he did in 2013-14.
West Ham released a statement on Tuesday about Carroll missing their pre-season games in New Zealand, saying he was being "rested."
The statement read on their official website:
After assessment by the club's medical experts, it was decided to let the England international rest for both remaining games and receive intensive treatment to ensure he is fit for the start of the season.
It should be clear that the affected area is not in any way associated with the previous injury he successfully overcame towards the end of last season.
Carroll's time at Upton Park has been littered with injury, and supporters will be downbeat about this latest issue with the player.
The Hammers have brought in Mauro Zarate to add an extra goal threat to their attack for the new season but Carroll is still central to Sam Allardyce's tactics and plans.
The club will now need to bring in reinforcements or risk facing yet another difficult start to their campaign without the player.
Carroll only started 12 Premier League matches for West Ham last year, per WhoScored.com, and the worry now is that another extended absence will derail his season.
West Ham fan and talkSPORT broadcaster Ian Abrahams has given his opinion about who Allardyce should bring in, calling for the club to sign Watford's Troy Deeney:
Leicester have a bid turned down for @T_Deeney with Andy Carroll injured, I hope West Ham inquire about the Watford captain— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) July 24, 2014
Carroll has become somewhat of a liability for West Ham, and it is difficult for them to base their tactical philosophy around a player who is so frequently sidelined. The player's huge transfer move to Liverpool from Newcastle now seems nothing but a distant memory.
If the Hammers do not bring in a new striker to partner Zarate they will likely be sucked into a relegation dogfight again and this time Allardyce might pay with his job.
Is it time for West Ham to purchase a replacement for Andy Carroll?
Deeney would be an interesting candidate for West Ham but the element that the team needs is proven goalscoring ability in the Premier League. A lack of investment in this regard could see the club heading back toward the Championship.
If Carroll can get himself fit for a sustained period, then he is an asset. However, as things stand, the team will need a new focal point in its ranks.