West Ham United simply mustn’t be tempted into extending striker Andy Carroll’s contract.
The 30-year-old will be free to leave the club at the end of the season as things currently stand, and the Irons should simply let the situation play out.
For Carroll has suffered yet another injury setback (via the club’s official website). The £15 million signing from Liverpool (BBC Sport) has been absent for the last two games, and Manuel Pellegrini has now revealed he has an ankle problem.
No return date has been offered, suggesting that he may not play again for the club.
Given West Ham’s new-found ambitiousness, they cannot be offering the player a new deal given his rotten injury record.
West Ham can do so much better
The Hammers have not been able to totally rely on Carroll since he joined the club on loan at first in 2012.
He has suffered a multitude of different injuries, which have limited him to just 142 appearances to date. Assuming he doesn’t feature again this term, that averages out at about 20 games per season, which is disappointing.
Carroll may have his uses on the pitch but it is surely time for West Ham to wash their hands of him and invest their money in someone younger and fitter.
With Manuel Pellegrini now in charge, the club can, in theory, attract better players.
They showed great ambition last summer and they must do the same again in 2019.