Is Andy Carroll the reason why West Ham's David Sullivan made his Charlie Austin comments?

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Is Andy Carroll the reason West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is so pessimistic regarding Charlie Austin?

David Sullivan has upset rumoured transfer target Charlie Austin by expressing concern over the striker's fitness.

He told the Knees Up Mother Brown Podcast that he felt Austin was just too much of a risk.

His comments suggest he - and the club - are still reeling from their poor signing of Andy Carroll for around the same price two summers ago, with the forward riddled with injuries.

Sullivan said: "To sign a £15m player is a big risk. He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that's the end of it."

West Ham's luck, as he puts it, is not in regarding Andy Carroll.

The Evening Standard reported in April that including his season long loan, Carroll had been injured for 17 of the 32 months he had spent at the Hammers up until that date.

He has once again missed the start of this season with an injury, and even when he returns, supporters will be watching on with worry that he will soon break down once again.

While Liverpool made a huge error paying £35 million for Carroll, they also pulled off somewhat of a coup by convincing West Ham to pay £15 million for him.

Sullivan even told The Mail in 2013 that had he known Carroll would suffer so badly with injuries, he would never have sanctioned a deal for him.

Whether his comments regarding Austin were fair to the QPR star are fair or not, it's understandable why he would be wary; with pressure growing on himself and David Gold to get it right.

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