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Andrew Carroll | Forward

Team: West Ham United
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 168

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Fantasy managers should keep the expectations for Andy Carroll rather low for the time being.
Carroll has played well in the past few matches but has to face Chelsea and Arsenal in his next two matches. That is no easy task even for an in form striker and Carroll is still regaining his form after being out for so long. The Hammers' schedule eases up after that and Carroll could be a great buy early in the New Year. Dec 25 - 8:17 PM

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Not having scored a league goal since March, Andy Carroll finally erupted for two goals along with an assist, as he played a part in every score as West Ham United climb to third in the table with a 3-1 win over Swansea City.

Sam Allardyce has got the Hammers flying high and if Andy Carroll has woken up, who knows how high they may finish this season. Their home form has been superb, and if it weren't for a nifty counter-attack by the Swans in the opening half hour, it would have been another clean sheet. Carroll would head in a Carl Jenkinson cross to level the match before the half, then used his height again to head home a Stewart Downing corner. Sitting on a trick, he was somewhat slighted by Diafra Sakho on a break when Sakho could have laid it off to him for an easy tap in hat trick, but Sakho took the shot himself and hit the post. The morale was still there though, and moments later it would be Carroll assisting Sakho instead for the Hammers' final tally. It will be off to Sunderland for them next.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 7 - 10:48 AM

Andy Carroll is ready to make a difference at West Ham United as he has now returned to full fitness.

The oft-injured striker played the full 90 minutes last time out and despite not registering a good fantasy output, was impressive in real life considering it was only his second match of the season. Carroll will likely improve and he can be considered in fantasy leagues as he comes at a low price tag.
Nov 28 - 4:36 PM

Andy Carroll has insisted that he'll fight for a first team spot at West Ham once he returns from injury.

We've heard this one over and over again. Carroll hasn't been able to stay healthy for more than a couple matches at a time over the past two seasons and we wouldn't bank on it until we see it. With West Ham enjoying a somewhat revamped attack with Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho, and Enner Valencia, we wouldn't buy into Carroll in any fantasy formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 7:55 PM

West Ham are reportedly interested in acquiring Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic over the winter transfer window.

The Hammers have already acquired Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia, and Diafra Sakho on top of other supporting players this summer. They also spend a fortune on oft-injured striker Andy Carroll last summer but they haven't been able to cash in on any of their transfers and are still struggling in attack. We expect that someone will have to leave if they are to bring in another striker but whether that will be Carlton Cole or one of the new additions, we don't know.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 11 - 1:01 AM

Andy Carroll has started running for the first time since injuring ankle ligaments during West Ham’s preseason tour of New Zealand back in July.

Originally the problem was thought to be minor but after the $22 million target man returned to the UK further tests revealed a laxity in his ankle joint - a problem which has been exacerbated following a number of sprains in recent times. The decision was then taken for Andy Carroll to meet world renowned surgeon Dr Myerson who specialises in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction techniques in a bid to cure his ongoing problem and to help restore normal function and stability. Initially it was thought the procedure could keep the Hammers striker sidelined until the end of the year but it now looks like Carroll could return well ahead of schedule.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 9 - 6:25 PM

West Ham have signed striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz on a four-year deal.

Sakho is a competent striker who has a solid history in Ligue One. The 24-year old had 44 goals in 114 matches and is young enough to where he has time to adjust to the Premier League and its physical style. We don't recommend Sakho in week one or two but if he can adjust well to life in the Premier League, he could be a good option in a revamped West Ham attack. He will likely partner Enner Valencia with Mauro Zarate supporting them from behind.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 5:24 PM

Andy Carroll has been withdrawn from the West Ham United side touring New Zealand after sustaining an ankle injury in training.

While the club made sure to point out in the press release that this ankle injury has nothing to do with the ankle injury that kept him out for much of last season, there have to be mounting fears over Carroll's ability to stay fit. Having only made 15 Premier League appearances in 2013-14 and not having hit the 30 match mark since 2011-12 at Liverpool, there is a decided trend developing. Reports indicate that his absence from pre-season friendlies will be "precautionary" but cynical Hammers supporters would be justified in their concern about a spell on the sidelines.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 23 - 12:45 PM

According to Sky Sports, Enner Valencia is undergoing a medical at West Ham ahead of a £15m move.

West Ham are high spenders this summer, reinforcing the attack with Valencia, Diego Poyet, and Mauro Zarate. Valencia will likely cost them around £15m, close to the record fee they paid for Andy Carroll last summer. Valencia can play a number of positions in attack and will likely act as a winger or supporting striker for Andy Carroll. West Ham have made quality acquisitions this summer and have hired an attacking minded consultant to help them score more goals. Expect them to challenge for a top ten spot in the coming season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 7:17 PM

According to Sky Sports Sources, West Ham have made a £12m bid for striker Enner Valencia.

The Pachuca attacker had a great World Cup with Ecuador and can play as both a striker and a midfielder/winger. He can be a great fit in West Ham supporting Andy Carroll from the wing or from a slightly less advanced position. West Ham have made a series of moves this summer that are expected to boost their attack and this would be the cherry on top. If Valencia makes the move to London, we would expect the Hammers to be a firm candidate for a top 10 finish in the Premier League next season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 10 - 10:43 AM

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll will return motivated after being left out of England's World Cup squad this summer.

Carroll had a hugely disappointing season at West Ham that was plagued by a series of injuries. He only started 12 league matches and scored a disappointing 2 goals. Allardyce wants his star striker to give him a minimum of 30 games and at least 12-15 goals this season. A season like that would put Carroll back on the fantasy relevance list but we'd hold off on using him until he proves he is healthy.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 23 - 5:35 PM

West Ham have signed Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield for an undisclosed fee.

The Argentinian is in London for at least three years with an option to extend his contract. He has experience around Europe and will be a great addition to this squad. Zarate is a goal scoring striker who lead the Argentinian league in goals last season. His presence will be immediately felt at West Ham, who need the goals more than ever. The Hammers were one of the worst attacking squads in the Premier League last year, finishing 15th in goals scored on the season. If Andy Carroll can stay healthy and West Ham can sign a playmaker/winger, they could easily challenge for a top 10 spot next year.
Source: Sky Sports
May 28 - 1:17 PM

Andy Carroll continued his fine run of recent form for West Ham United, scoring the opening goal and assisting the game-winner in a 1-2 win over Sunderland.

The permanent move to West Ham is finally stating to bear some fruit, as Carroll has now scored twice in the past four matches - nothing extremely impessive, but for Carroll it is an encouraging sign. His size may be his best weapon and played a part in both goals. He headed in a Mark Noble corner that no on else could reach to score the opener. Then the game-winner would come in the 50th minute, when he settled a long free kick that floated into the box and fed it to Mohamed Diame, who fired home. Sunderland would make the final half hour an anxious one, but the Hammers held on and look secure from any possibility of relegation.
Mar 31 - 5:34 PM

Andy Carroll's time as West Ham United property continued to be a frustrating one as he was unable to give the Hammers a boost after being subbed on for Carlton Cole on the half hour mark.

Sam Allardyce turned to Carroll early on when Cole left the pitch with what looked to be a knock, but Carroll looked even more fragile, going to ground for treatment a couple of times during his shift. He has yet to score a league goal since his permanent move to West Ham and with Kevin Nolan unable to continue his one man show, the Hammers had no one else to look to for offense. Despite conceding, the defense still looks to contain their best assets going forward.
Mar 1 - 12:52 PM

Andy Carroll has finished his suspension and will be available for selection against Everton on Saturday.

Carroll served a three match ban for a red card he received against Newcastle but the Hammers have won all three games during his absence. Carroll is by far West Ham's best attacking option so he should have no problem jumping right back into the starting lineup. He has battled injuries all season and it's advised that you stay away from him until he gets back into form.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 26 - 2:52 PM