Andy Carroll’s injury issues are well-documented and while it is easy to feel sorry for a player who has missed so much of his career, some of his problems are of his own making.
Firstly, Carroll has never made allowances for his brittle body by being intelligent on the pitch; he flings himself around with reckless abandon that his body cannot support.
On top of that, his lifestyle does not lend itself to a player doing all he can to be at the top of his game; and one claim from a former team-mate appears to back that up.
Nile Ranger, who has a shocking disciplinary record, played alongside Carroll at Newcastle and has a theory about the target-man’s latest injury. If it’s true, it must spell the end of Carroll’s West Ham career.
What did he say?
“I think he’s worse than me [for partying] but he’s a good bloke, though. He’s got banter and he’s a good guy in general.
“He was going through a lot, like getting his car blown up in Newcastle, but he still bombed on and got his move to Liverpool after Kevin Nolan took him under his wing and said ‘I’m going to look after you’.
“I don’t know what he’s doing now – probably just living life. I heard some rumours, that he snuck out and hurt his leg; knowing Andy the way he is, that definitely sounds like him!”
Obviously, we probably won’t know if Ranger’s comments are true. But if they are, they show that Carroll does not have the right attitude to help the club progress.
He already looks completely at odds with the new high-tempo, high-pressing, passing style Manuel Pellegrini prefers.
His poor fitness and attitude should hammer the final nail in his coffin; he cannot be relied on and does not have the desire to improve himself and haul himself back into the team.