Allardyce: We'll miss Carroll

Sam Allardyce says Andy Carroll's enforced absence this weekend has come at a frustrating time for the striker and West Ham.

Last Updated: 07/04/13 at 12:41 Post Comment

Andy Carroll scores the first of his two goals against West Brom

Andy Carroll scores the first of his two goals against West Brom

Injuries have meant a stop-start season on loan in east London for Carroll, who is ineligible for Sunday's trip to Liverpool under the terms of his deal.

That means another 90 minutes on the sidelines a week after the 24-year-old - a summer transfer target for the Hammers - showed a glimpse of his best form with two goals against West Brom.

Allardyce said: "Andy looks to be in full flow and good goalscoring touch, which is what we've been waiting for a long time.

"It's frustrating to be without Andy for Sunday and it is for him as well but that's the way the fixtures have fallen."

Allardyce has never made a secret of his wish to make Carroll's loan permanent - as long as the terms suit West Ham.

He said "I think there'd be a lot to be discussed between ourselves, Liverpool and Andy before that could be the case, but once we're secure then we'll move on with that business as quick as we possibly can.

"I wouldn't have spent as much time as I did trying to get him here if I didn't want him here on a permanent basis.

"We would have hoped he'd score a few more goals, but the circumstances around why he hasn't are ones we can put right. In other words, keeping him match-fit would mean more goals."

West Ham have not won at Liverpool for almost 50 years, but Allardyce said: "On any given day on your best form you can win anywhere.

"For most of those 50 years Liverpool have been so much better than everyone else that you wouldn't expect to win there, but we're capable of winning there and if we're on top form and take our chances we can."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ice work John.. have to agree with everything. Never measure your wealth in money.

wexford_blue
We're Not All Jealous Guys...

I

s it the same people that complain about Chelsea that complain about Mayweather? You should by now know what to expect from both, if you can't appreciate how good they are at nullifying their opponents then don't watch them.

Noz2k
Chelsea: This Ending Always Justifies The Means

I

do concede though, that getting rid of Luiz has made them less entertaining. In the same way that driving with both eyes open is less exciting, but probably a good idea.

megabrow (cufc)
Chelsea: This Ending Always Justifies The Means

Footer 365

Stephen McManus says Motherwell are full of confidence

Stephen McManus says Motherwell are full of confidence despite being adrift in the Scottish Premiership playoff place.

Arsene Wenger only wants to bring 'world-class' players to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed he is only looking to add “top, world-class players” to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Hull 1-3 Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez nets twice to move Arsenal level on points with Man City

Alexis Sanchez scored twice in the first half to help Arsenal coast past Hull with a 3-1 win at the KC Stadium.

Mail Box

Blaming Van Gaal For United Slump...

Wayne Rooney in midfield, the same balls aimed at Marouane Fellaini...Louis van Gaal has to find a solution. And a Burnley fan embraces relegation...

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company