Amid speculation that Newcastle United are plotting a £15million bid to lure Andy Carroll back to his home town, the striker has stated that he is fully focused on life with the Hammers, reports the club's official site.
The Geordie suffered another injury hit season last time around, making only 15 appearances and scoring just two goals, however he has recently revealed that he is focused on nothing but getting back to full fitness with West Ham.
Speaking in New Zealand at the Hammers' Football United Tour, he said: “It’s a very important pre-season for me after I had a very bad season last year with injuries.
“It’s important I stay fit and do everything right with the medical staff.”
Carroll marred by injuries
Carroll didn’t have a pre-season prior to his miserable 2013-14 campaign and he will be hoping to get plenty of game time under his belt this time around before the new Premier League season kicks off in August.
He was sidelined with an injury that ruled him out for the entire first half of that campaign and he did not return to action until January.
Furthermore when he was loaned to the Hammers in 2012 from Liverpool he only managed seven goals in 24 appearances.
It is vital that Sam Allardyce’s main man stays fit this season if West Ham are to better their 13th place finish and make the climb in to the top half of the league table.
Since Carroll’s huge £35million move from Newcastle to Liverpool in January 2011 the powerful front man has struggled with the pressure of his price tag and his reoccurring injury problems.
The 25-year-old has scored just 15 goals in 83 matches since the move, compared to his final six months on Tyneside where he scored 11 in 19 Premier League matches – an impressive and emphatic return.
It is justifiably argued that the No9 has been somewhat of a flop since his move to West Ham and some Hammers fans would be happy to let the striker go for a reasonable fee.
One factor as to why West Ham may be better off without Carroll is that when he is fit and available he dictates the team’s style of play and when he isn’t on his game it can all fall to pieces.
However, on the flip side he can be devastating when he is in form as we have seen many times in a Newcastle shirt, and occasionally for West Ham, he bullies defenders and his physical presence on the pitch often proves too much for them to handle.
But, in order for Big Sam’s side to truly progress I believe they need to play their own game and not one that suits one or a few individuals in the team. Adaptability and innovation is the key and they need to be able to change their style when things are not going their way.
Newcastle return unlikely
Carroll's wages could provide a stumbling block for the Magpies, with the Englishman believed to be earning around £120,000-per-week at Upton Park.
Mike Ashley is also rumoured to have introduced a wage-cap of £60,000 at St James’ Park, so Carroll’s huge wage demands would not be well received by his home club.
While the Geordie is also said to be enjoying life in London at present with his girlfriend Billi Mucklow, so at the moment it would seem a deal is looking very unlikely.
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