Following West Ham United’s £12million move for Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, the name of Andy Carroll was consistently mentioned when discussing the new arrival.
Some said the Hammers’ latest transfer would be the wake-up call Carroll needed to show what he can do consistently at the club. While others said Valencia’s presence meant the former Newcastle United man was surplus to requirements.
Indeed, the Magpies were even linked with a move to bring Carroll back to St James’ Park; something that has since been dismissed by the Chronicle, which claimed the player is settled in London.
If that is indeed the case, will Valencia’s arrival prompt the England international into action, or see him used more as an impact substitute come the new campaign?
Carroll himself has said that he wants to use this summer to ensure his woes of last season are not repeated.
“It’s a very important pre-season for me after I had a very bad season last year with injuries,” he said.
“It’s important I stay fit and do everything right with the medical staff.”
But even when fit, he has still fallen short of the performances he showed to great effect at Newcastle.
With just nine goals in 40 appearances for West Ham, it is no surprise some fans are questioning just how much he will be used now Valencia has arrived; especially when you consider the Ecuador international scored 18 times in just 23 appearances for Pachuca last season.
So what is it to be? Will Carroll and Valencia ultimately form an effective partnership for the Hammers, or will the former be relegated to a bit-part role at best come August?