Ambitions from Manuel Lanzini and Romelu Lukaku left the match at a stalemate bewteen West Ham and Everton.
As West Ham fans come to terms with the injury news that has observed Dimitri Payet sidelined for 3 months, the concentrate turns back to the other large conversation point highlighted against Everton
When Andy Carroll was substituted in the 87th minute of the game, the player received a huge ovation. Most realised that this wasn’t a single of the striker’s better afternoons, but there was appreciation of the effort put in. John Stones had shackled Carroll for most of the game and there was a begrudging acceptance that the Everton defender had just demonstrated his growing reputation. Amongst the faithful, although, there was some dissension. Many supporters felt that Stones hadn’t been completely tested by the former Liverpool striker and there is no point in playing Carroll unless you utilise his a single significant strength — his aerial dominance.
It really is becoming increasingly apparent even though that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic desires to use Carroll in a way not previously observed at the club. Against Everton it was clear that crosses from the by-line weren’t becoming aimed at the large Geordie’s head. Far more importantly maybe, as soon as wide on the wing there was no try to whip the ball in from deep.
Even ahead of Payet limped off, the interplay from the wings was concerned with working the ball into the middle or cutting out the last Everton defender and crossing low. There was none of the aerial play a lot admired by Bilic’s predecessor, Sam Allardyce.
Even so, this shouldn’t be construed as a inexpensive shot towards the differing philosophies of the two managers. There has always been a thin line amongst obtaining the ball forward quickly and accurately and aimlessly punting forward hoping a person will get a head on it. Carroll’s dominance over central defenders has always opened the argument that, if the huge striker guarantees to win over 95% of the headers, then crossing the ball accurately becomes a viable and potent weapon.
Payet, Victor Moses and Manuel Lanzini have all demonstrated that they can cross accurately, and both Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell are encouraged to uncover space on the wings. It would appear on paper that Carroll should have better service now than at any point so far in his career. Conversely, deciding on not to utilise Carroll’s strength in the air can eradicate the tendency to take the easy alternative — simply hitting the large man simply because nothing else is functioning. The dilemma was apparent against Everton Carroll becoming a peripheral figure as he received no service. It could have been a double-bluff tactic that misfired, but Carroll’s height wasn’t even employed for free kicks and corners, a lot of of which, to the frustration of the crowd, were crossed low to the near post.
Andy Carroll has began just 3 games this season for West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.
Like a lot of massive guys, Carroll is deceptively good with the ball at his feet, but the player still demands a person alongside him as he does not have the mobility to do the same job as, for example, Diafra Sakho. With Payet out, it will be intriguing to see if Bilic elects to play each Carroll and Sakho collectively. It would give some idea of just how Bilic desires to reconstruct the England striker.
Of course, the seemingly inevitable rumours linking Carroll with a return to his old club Newcastle are doing the rounds once more. Recommendations from within Upton Park, however, is that West Ham are not interested in permitting the player to return to the North East, with Bilic keen to continue functioning with the striker he nonetheless feels is great sufficient to represent England. It’s correct each player has his value, but it is unlikely the board would sanction any sale that did not imply they would make a great profit on the £15m the club initially paid for Carroll when he joined from Liverpool. It would possibly take a bid in excess of £18m for the matter to even be discussed.
Bilic has shown himself to be tactically astute so far in his short tenure at Upton Park and the manager’s stock will definitely rise if he can remodel the striker’s profession. Very how the Croatian feels he can get the very best from Carroll is not straightforward to recognize, but you sense that West Ham, England and, a lot more importantly, the player himself will be far better off if one thing can be worked out.
Peter Thorne, aka Billy Blagg (@BillyBlaggEsq), is the author of a standard column at WestHamOnline.net and the East London Guardian.
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