It has been one hell of a week for Andy Carroll. The big centre forward has had some great news this week after earning a recall for the England team after some great form in recent weeks for West Ham.
Then on Sunday morning he wakes up to news that Claudio Ranieri wants to bring him to AS Monaco. A lucrative deal is apparently on the cards for the centre-forward as Monaco are prepared to go much nearer to Liverpool’s original transfer fee of £35 million for the Geordie boy.
Considering that Monaco have been linked with nearly every player on the face of god’s green earth this should be taken with a pinch of salt; but still he would not be human if thoughts of sunshine on the French Riviera surrounded by the worlds rich and famous in the tax haven principality can only get a bloke excited.
There was then the small detail of having to play a game of football amidst it all. West Ham welcomed Reading to Upton Park in what was a typical last day of the season match up; very open from start to finish and full of goals.
In the end The Hammers prevailed in a 4-2 victory and Carroll may not have been on the score-sheet but he played yet another blinder of a game for his adopted club.
He grabbed two assists in the game as a Kevin Nolan hat-trick and a Ricardo Vaz Te goal proved enough to beat their old rivals and secure a top-half finish upon their return to the Premier League.
After the game his influence was duly noted by all and Sam Allardyce was forced to admit that keeping the big man was his ‘main priority’.
However Carroll has already been on Twitter and by the language he has used it is hard to believe he is going to stay at the club:
Great game today buzzing for the skip getting a hat-trick and enjoyed every minute of being at west ham!!— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) May 19, 2013
Note the past tense; the sentiment seemed to be one of goodbye and good luck rather than of a conviction to stay at the club as he surely feels he might be able to offer something to European football next term such is the confidence of the man.
Either way he has done incredibly well to prove many a doubter wrong again with another brilliant end to the season and whether he is at West Ham or not next year could be the defining season in Andy Carroll’s career.
Do you think Carroll will still be at West Ham next season?
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