An ankle injury has seemingly ended Andy Carroll’s career at West Ham United as the striker was ruled out for the rest of the season last month.
The Englishman does in fact have a two-year extension on his contract which is worth £80,000 at the Hammers yet the club have indicated already that this will not be triggered and the 30-year-old can leave the club as a free agent this summer.
The Times have reported that this move from the club could see Carroll move to Major League Soccer in the United States this summer and he would hope that he can put his injury nightmares behind him. The strikers most recent appearance was against Manchester City way back in February and he has only managed one goal this season in a victory against Birmingham in the FA Cup in January.
Carroll has not managed to start more than 15 matches in each of the past six seasons and his most recent injury, the season-ending ankle injury, even forced him into the operation room in an effort to fix his longstanding issue.
The Gateshead born player has managed 26 goals in 102 appearances for the Hammers and he also has two international goals to his name for the Three Lions in nine appearances. Yet, the striker has suffered multiple injuries during his time in east London including knee, groin and hamstring issues.
He has previously been available for sale and was subject to a move to Chelsea during the January window last season yet this fell through due to, you guessed it, an ankle injury. It seems like his time in east London is finally up though and Carroll could be part of a huge clear out at the London Stadium this summer.
Marko Arnautovic has seemingly been unable to win the hearts back of the West Ham faithful and tensions between himself and the fans have been high since his potential move to Shanghai SIPG back in January. It seems he may be on his way alongside Carroll come summer as could Javier Hernandez who has been linked with a move back to Spain.
Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole told Sky Sports this week that Carroll “didn’t fulfil his potential there” and stated “It’s one of those things where sometimes you just don’t get the rub of the green, and he didn’t get the rub of the green.”