The Times have claimed that Andy Carroll could have played his last game for West Ham United after suffering an ankle injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season.
Carroll, 30, is in the final months of his £80,000-a-week contract. The Hammers are said to be ‘unlikely’ to offer the target man a new deal as he continues to struggle with injury.
The striker has managed just 14 appearances for West Ham this season, scoring only one goal in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City in January. The likes of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic continue to be preferred.
There are doubts among the club that the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker will play again. That is because the club are worried he will fail to return before May 12 – which is the last game of the season against Watford.
With his contract unlikely to be renewed, the injury may see him fail to play again this season. So it could be curtains for Carroll, despite the Hammers boasting a two-year extension clause in his current deal.
It’s a no brainer for the Hammers. Earning more than £4million a year, you need to playing week in, week out, producing consistent performances. Carroll is simply not doing that.
He is not worth the money he is earning at the moment, due to no fault of his own. West Ham have got to let him go at the end of his contract. It is as simple as that.