Paul Merson has his doubts over Andy Carroll starting v Everton

The former Arsenal man thinks the striker should be an impact sub.

Last weekend was certainly one to forget for West Ham United striker Andy Carroll. The England international scored his first goal since returning from injury in the win against Chelsea a week earlier but his performance v Watford was appalling.

He dawdled on the ball in his own area for one of Watford's goals and his shooting boots were most definitely left in the dressing room.

This weekend West Ham take on Everton in the Premier League and one man does not think Andy Carroll should or will start the game.

Former Arsenal man Paul Merson is predicting a 2-2 draw between the two sides this weekend but thinks Carroll must not play.

He wrote in his Sky Sports column:

"There will be goals in this one. Both teams will have a go but they'll also be open at the back.

"It makes for an entertaining game. I'm sure West Ham won't present Everton with as many chances as Sunderland did, but the Toffees are still a threat regardless.

"West Ham aren't the same side when they start with Andy Carroll. He hasn't got the pace Diafra Sakho has to get in behind and I think he's better suited as an impact player from the bench."

Unfortunately for West Ham the player Merson mentions as his potential replacement is also unavailable.

Diafra Sakho is out of the game through injury. With that in mind Carroll is likely to start with Enner Valencia himself only just coming back to full fitness.

Carroll will therefore hope to prove Merson and any other doubters wrong this weekend.

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