When he is on his game, he can be one of the most dangerous marksmen in the country but his fitness issues have held back his development and have left West Ham high and dry too many times.
With the Hammers needing to turn things around quickly in order to save Slaven Bilic’s job, a former West Ham manager thinks he may have the solution to the Carroll conundrum.
Former Hammers boss Alan Pardew says the solution is simple: Carroll should not be expected to train.
“If I was West Ham manager, I wouldn’t let him train,” Pardew said on Sky Sports’ The Debate. “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I just wouldn’t let him, and say he can do a little bit of work on Thursday, Friday he can play in a seven-a-side, and then play on Saturday.”
“Once he’s fit and he’s playing, he doesn’t need a lot of work. The way he plays, he’s kind of in the game and out of the game, so he can rest for periods, and let him rest; because when he’s on the pitch, what he actually does physically is a lot of big, physical stuff, not running around, closing people down, so he doesn’t need to have ten miles in him.
“That boy is a fantastic footballer, but Slaven does have to be very, very clever with him to try and work out his schedule so that he doesn’t overcook him in training, because a lot of his injuries, he picks up in training.”
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