Andy Carroll has come in for a lot of criticism during his career. The West Ham striker has failed to shake off the injury-prone tag, and his fitness issues are made all the more frustrating because he is clearly capable of moments of magic.
The overhead kick against Crystal Palace in 2017 is the best example. Carroll is yet to score a league goal this term, but it would be no surprise if his confidence is growing after featuring in nine games since the start of last month.
Some of the West Ham supporters appear to be noticing a difference, as several took to social media after Saturday's win against Arsenal to praise the striker for his cameo.
Carroll came on for Marko Arnautovic with just under 20 minutes remaining, and he certainly managed to make an impact as the Irons held onto their 1-0 lead.
Arnautovic endured a disappointing afternoon by his standards, but plenty of fans were pleased with the effort that Carroll showed after he was introduced.
The 30-year-old has taken a lot of flak in recent years, but perhaps Pellegrini may have stumbled upon the best way to use the England international, by bringing him on in the latter stages rather than rely on him to be a talisman for the side.
Here is how some of the supporters reacted to Carroll's cameo against the Gunners...
Great result today and fair play to the manager I thought he’s changes were spot on and Carroll and Snoddy put a shift in from the front and kept them on the back foot and brilliant to see Rice gets he’s first goal and Cresswell return to the form that made England come knocking— John--WHU--Tomlin (@johnnytomo05) January 12, 2019
I honestly though Carroll done more than him today. Carroll worked harder and he held the ball really well. That’s the sort of role he can give and can still add something to this system for me.— Jack⚒ (@JackJPW_COYI) January 12, 2019
Thats the BEST performance In a long time everyone played very well,Even Carroll & Snodgrass came on & did a excellent job,Only Arnie was below average clearly his head is elsewhere..RICE outstanding & fully deserved goal #COYI #WHUARS #WestHamFamily— ⚒Imran⚒ (@imran484_khan) January 12, 2019
Carroll and Snodgrass chasing everything ⚒ love it— ⚽️⚒TOM'S WHUFC⚒⚽️ (@aldredtj) January 12, 2019
Carroll done a great shift since coming on— Arthur Powell (@Arthur_WHU) January 12, 2019
Funny how Arnie wasn’t up for it but Andy Carroll came on and was right up for it, Andy knows he’s off and now has to step up and probably be our main man again.— ⚒Mark Bright⚒ (@TweezerGeezer) January 12, 2019
Also, not bothered if Arnie goes, his body language today was awful. Least Andy Carroll came on and gave some heart #WHUARS— Civilised Hooligan (@CivilisedH) January 12, 2019
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