Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has admitted that he would get rid of both Andy Carroll and Nikica Jelavic if he was in charge at West Ham, as neither of them fit into the game plan that Slaven Bilic has tried to play at the Boleyn Ground.
When asked if he would bin Andy Carroll, Collymore said: “Yes, I would. And Jelavic. West Ham have been at their very best this season - when they’ve won the big games - when they’ve got the ball down, played it through midfield and hit quickly on the counter attack. Nikica Jelavic and Carroll are contrary to that system, and it’s very difficult to wedge Carroll into a system that is, essentially, a pure footballing system.”
Carroll has scored just one goal this season for West Ham, coming on as a substitute and scoring the winning goal against Chelsea.
This match was the perfect situation for the towering forward to play in, as the Hammers had changed their style of play to direct football to capitalise on Carroll’s height and strength in relation to the Chelsea defence.
However, for much of the season, West Ham have played football which is focused upon keeping the ball on the ground, and the striker’s main job in this team is to create space for the three attacking players behind him.
Carroll has started each of the last three games, but the style of football has remained on the ground, and it is no surprise that the Hammers have managed to hit the back of the net just twice.
Collymore believes that Carroll does not have a role to play in this system, and forcing him into it is actually detrimental to both the team and the player.
The former Premier League striker has said he would get rid of Carroll, as well as Nikica Jelavic, who is also built in the same target man mould as Carroll.
Neither of them fit into how Bilic has his West Ham team playing, and although they are strong options to bring off the bench towards the end of a game if planning a tactical change to long-ball, both are too good to be only back-up options at the Boleyn Ground.