Sam plays Carroll waiting game

  • Last Updated: February 4 2013, 11:51 GMT

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on the future of Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll: Netted against Swansea
Andy Carroll: Netted against Swansea

Andy Carroll

9. Andy Carroll

Title Number
Appearances 10 (2)
Goals 2
Assists 4
Yellows 0
Reds 1
*Current Season

The on-loan striker scored his first goal since returning to the squad, following a two-month injury absence, in Saturday's 1-0 win against Swansea.

But despite praising Carroll's ability, Allardyce admits he is uncertain whether the club will be able to secure the 24-year-old's signature permanently.

"You always want a top-class centre-forward," Allardyce told talkSPORT.

"I know he's been short on goals and he's had a disrupted season, but he'll only get better if he's got a settled future, whether that's with us or not [I don't know].

"It would be a long process though. We will have a conversation at the end of the season with Andy and Liverpool. It all depends on how he feels and what he does between now and the end of the season.

"It's also about where Andy thinks his future lies. He hasn't thought about that yet, he just wants to play as much as he can.

"There are not many of Andy Carroll's type. The sad thing for football is that it now seems unfashionable to have a big centre-forward in your team, which really disappoints me.

"It excites people when you see him rise above everybody else to get the ball in the back of the net.

"I've known him since he was a youngster. I could see the talent that he had and that talent flourished very quickly into Liverpool paying £35million for him.

"It didn't work there for whatever reason but he's such a young man, who's desperate to play football and do well."


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