West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has thinly-veiled criticism for Sam Allardyce over Andy Carroll

Allardyce deflated

The West Ham boss was speaking ahead of Carroll's return to first-team action.

West Ham take on Newcastle United on Monday night, with the big news ahead of the game the potential return to action of Andy Carroll. The England international has been out of action since February but has been back to training and is now considered ready for a return to first-team action.

The striker has been struggling with injury problems ever since he first arrived at West Ham, continually picking up new problems since his arrival at Upton Park. Current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic believes he knows why the striker keeps picking up injury problems.

He believes that under previous boss Sam Allardyce, Carroll was being rushed back into action far too soon.

He is quoted by London24 as stating:

“It is almost impossible to mark him in the box. I played as a defender but it is up to him if he wins the header or not.

“The reason why he has so many injuries was not the way he plays, not being unlucky; he was playing when he wasn’t ready to play.

“He could get away with it if he played neat, tidy football. But he doesn’t. He was coming on the pitch after just three or four days of training after returning. It might not happen straight away but after a week or so or late in a game it will hit him.

“I don’t know him from before, but it is not the first time it happens.

“It is a new Andy Carroll now. Six weeks of hard training, he is always smiling and working hard. It is almost like signing a new player. I am tempted to play him, against his home team. It is a special game.”

This time around West Ham believe they have done things right. Carroll has been in training for six weeks now, building up his match fitness and conditioning himself for hopefully a more long-term return to first-team action.

He is likely to get some football tomorrow evening. Carroll would love to get one over on his hometown club as well as reminding all those at West Ham of his talents.

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