Paul Merson completely reverses his opinion on West Ham United striker Andy Carroll

Paul Merson claims that he was baffled by Slaven Bilic's decision to start Andy Carroll at White Hart Lane.

Paul Merson has completely reversed his opinion on West Ham United’s Andy Carroll, after claiming that he didn’t understand why Slaven Bilic played the target man against Tottenham Hotspur.

While commenting on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on November 28th, Merson said that Carroll was suited to playing in West Ham’s home matches – but he always expected him to struggle at White Hart Lane.

“I didn’t get playing him at White Hart Lane,” he said. “It’s a big football pitch, and you’re not going to get a lot of the ball because Tottenham are playing very well.

“He’s perfect at home. He isn’t going to run away from anybody.

“He was working on scraps and I felt for him. You play him at home.”

However, just before West Ham’s match against Tottenham – Merson told Soccer Saturday that Carroll would cause Spurs problems.

The former Arsenal midfielder believed the England international’s presence could have been a threat, as he saw Spurs struggle cope with balls into the box against Arsenal, earlier on in this season.

Merson said: “The worrying thing for Tottenham is if Andy Carroll plays.

“Because when it went 1-1 [against Arsenal] and the ball started going in the box, they were all over the place.

“If West Ham can get into areas and get the ball into the box, Tottenham are in big trouble.”

Merson’s complete reversal in his opinion has come after West Ham were emphatically beaten by Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side ran out 4-1 winners over the Hammers two weekends’ ago, and Bilic’s side never managed to get involved in the contest.

A late Manuel Lanzini consolation was all West Ham supporters had to cheer at White Hart Lane, and they failed to bounce back from that defeat – after drawing with West Bromwich Albion in their latest outing.

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