While much of our attention has been rightly focused on the prospect of new additions, the news that Andy Carroll and Winston Reid have sustained injuries serves as a bitter blow.
As the Sports Mole reports, both Carroll and Reid will be sidelined for three months having incurred injuries. The former has sustained an ankle injury, while the latter is absent due to a knee injury.
Here’s how West Ham supporters have responded to the news on Twitter.
Honestly can't wait for the day Andy Carroll leaves our club.
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) July 12, 2018
When does his contract expire I taught it was this summer to clear his wages off the bill will help with FFP which id imagine will be an issue next year
— ian monaher (@IanMonaher) July 12, 2018
Losing the will with Andy Carroll, supported him to the best degree that I can, but injured yet again.
— Nick Marsh (@MarshyBoy26) July 12, 2018
Andy Carroll, over 6 seasons has only ever made 1 appearance in the league in August
— ANTHONY HUFTON ⚒ (@AnthonyHufton) July 12, 2018
Carroll “I’ll have some time off and I’ll come back stronger and fitter than ever”
*Plays 45 minutes of preseason
“Andy Carroll requires surgery and will be out for a minimum of 3 months”
Andy Carroll’s West Ham career summed up in 1 tweet.
— Marko_Lanzini (@Marko_Lanzini) July 12, 2018
@WestHamUtd please get rid. £180k per week these two players are costing this club. Imagine the calibre of player we could for that amount of money
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@Adam_atLDESIGN) July 12, 2018
Can't wait for the day when Carroll is off the books
— Gianthammer (@NYG_WHU) July 12, 2018
Both may as well be released
— steve (@Steve_whu87) July 12, 2018
Naturally, it’s massively frustrating to be dealt a double injury blow during pre-season preparations. This is especially true this summer, as the players are required to familiarise themselves with Pelligrini’s demands and his playing style.
In an ideal world, every single player would be available for selection as we could develop our fitness and gain crucial momentum as we approach the forthcoming season. Without question, it promises to be an exceedingly exciting year for the team.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Let us know!