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Andy Carroll heads towards 12 hours without a goal in English football

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Despite encouraging signs in his start at West Ham after Liverpool loaned him out, the England striker is yet to find the net for his loan club, but have his all-round performances been good enough to make up for his lack of goals?

The last goal Andy Carroll scored in English football was for Liverpool in the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Over the summer he produced some good performances for England in Euro 2012, but came back to a club under new management that seemingly wanted rid of his services.

Brendan Rodgers' now infamous philosophy had no call for the target man, and with no-one able to meet Liverpool's valuation of Carroll, the striker was farmed out on loan to West Ham for a season.

The move made a lot of sense. Carroll and Allardyce were a presumed match made in heaven. In his first appearance for the Hammers he was a different player from the awkward man observed at Liverpool, bullying the Fulham defence and inspiring his side to a 3-0 victory.

Carroll himself didn't get on the score sheet, but goals would surely come if he maintained this kind of performance.

Unfortunately for Carroll and West Ham, the striker picked up an injury in that match that kept him out for a couple of weeks. Once he returned he set about where he left off, and has been a key man for West Ham in their strong start to the season. However Carroll himself is yet to score, and is now just seven minutes away from extending his drought past the 12 hour mark.

Allardyce has backed his striker to score soon enough, and with Matt Jarvis providing the crosses, you would expect Carroll to start delivering in the near future. A wider question is would it matter if he didn't?

Carroll has been excellent in many of the games he has played for West Ham, and is an integral part of the encouraging string of results they have put together. The striker even picked up the man of the match award for his performance in the goalless draw against Manchester City. However, would the goodwill around him at the club be tested to breaking point if Carroll was to continue goal less for another five games?

The next match West Ham play is away at Newcastle, where Carroll started his career at a club who received £35 million for his services. Perhaps the familiar surroundings of St James Park will reawaken his scoring touch; it's the only thing missing from his performances at West Ham so far.

Are you confident Carroll will find the net again soon?

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