Paul Merson feels sorry for West Ham's Andy Carroll, suggest there's no point playing him

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Paul Merson has admitted that he feels sorry for Andy Carroll.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that he feels there is no point in West Ham playing Andy Carroll unless they get crosses into the box.

The Hammers entered their game with Swansea City on a ten-game unbeaten run, but came crashing back down to earth with a 4-1 home defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Swansea raced into a 2-0 lead as Wayne Routledge and Andre Ayew both scored from close range, before Ki Sung-yueng added a third after the half-time break.

Stephen Kingsley's own goal brought West Ham back into the game, but Bafetimbi Gomis scored on the counter-attack to hand Swansea a 4-1 win in the penultimate game at Upton Park.

After the game, pundit Paul Merson spoke to Sky Sports about West Ham's display, and focused on their usage of striker Andy Carroll.

Merson was confused as to why West Ham didn't cross the ball more in order to play to Carroll's strengths, where he can use his huge frame and outstanding aerial ability to great effect.

Merson added that, if West Ham don't play crosses in to the box for Carroll to attack, there is no point having the giant striker in the team, and suggested that only Liverpool's Christian Benteke can come close to Carroll in terms of aerial ability.

"The defenders got in the way of crosses and shots, and I felt sorry for Carroll," said Merson. "He had about two crosses in the whole football match - it was phenomenal. They had a load of opportunities to put the ball in the box, but didn't put it in for him."

"If he's not getting the crosses, no disrespect to him, there's no point him being in the team if I'm being honest. He needs the ball in the box, and when it's in the box, him and Benteke are probably the best two in the business," he added.

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