Arsenal legend Ian Wright explained on the BBC 5 live 606 on Sunday evening (December 6) the same problem that Liverpool striker Christian Benteke and West Ham United’s Andy Carroll are facing at their respective clubs.
Benteke joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Aston Villa in the summer transfer window, while England international striker Carroll has been on the books of West Ham since 2013 after playing the 2012-13 campaign on loan.
Both Liverpool and West Ham like to play a passing game these days, and the two strikers are being deemed by many Premier League observers as unsuitable for that.
Former Arsenal striker Wright has given his take on the situation, suggesting that it could lead to the departure of Benteke and Carroll from Liverpool and West Ham respectively.
“Andy Carroll gets the same kind of (criticism),” the former England international said on BBC 5 live 606 on Sunday evening (December 6).
“West Ham fans are now saying, ‘the way we are playing now, Andy Carroll is not suited’. Not long ago we were saying we need number 9s, we haven’t got number 9s to hold the ball up.
“Benteke and Carroll are finding themselves in a position where they have got to leave because of their style of play.”
Benteke has scored four goals and created 12 chances in 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool so far this season.
The Belgium international striker has a pass accuracy of 66% and a shot accuracy of 47%, and has won 80 headers, five dribbles and two tackles.
Meanwhile, West Ham striker Carroll has scored one goal and created four chances in nine Premier League games so far this campaign.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle United man has a pass accuracy of 60% and a shot accuracy of 29%, and has won 25 headers, two dribbles and one tackle.