It has been no secret that Sam Allardyce saw big things in store for striker Andy Carroll when he signed him from Liverpool a few seasons back. However his tenure at West Ham has been hampered somewhat by injuries and inconsistent performance levels.
Carroll first really came to provenance during his time at Newcastle United – having already being a born Geordie, he was a massive hit with the Toon fans. During his time at St. James' Park he built up a brilliant reputation amongst the football world and started to get people’s attention – he enjoyed a brilliant run of form and soon became one of the most highly rated strikers in the Premier League.
After a very rich vein of form for his boyhood club he caught the eye of Liverpool. He later signed for a lofty sum around £35 million. So, obviously, high expectations were put on the shoulders of the big front man very early on.
This may be part of the reason for him not fulfilling his potential at Liverpool and why he was soon seeking a move away. After struggling at Anfield there was still one person who saw what he thought was a very hot prospect and a quality striker – Big Sam.
West Ham move
Allardyce signed Carroll on a multimillion pound, six-year-deal which broke records for the Hammers and put a big dent in their bank account. However their manager was adamant that he was the right man for the job and later gave him the No. 9 jersey.
It boded well for the forward but after just getting into his stride in a West Ham shirt he was pegged back by a season-ending injury – the first of a fair few throughout his time at the club. He missed the start of this campaign but has since managed to regain his fitness for a place in the starting XI.
In a 3-1 victory over Premier League rivals Swansea City on Sunday he earned himself the Man of the Match award and bagged two goals during a cracking performance. Hopefully for the Hammers Carroll will return to full form and show the fans what he is made of,.
There is plenty for him to aim for, including a return call up to his national side with whom he fell out of favour last season.