First Team Squad

Player profile and performance records.

Andy Carroll (Striker)

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Andy Carroll

Gateshead, England
Squad Number: 9
Position: Striker
Born: 6th Jan 1989 (Gateshead, England)
Signed: 19th Jun 2013 (£15,500,000)
Contract: 6 years + 2 year option
Previous Club: Liverpool

KUMB Awards: Best Signing 2012/13; Goal of the Season 2016/17, (runner-up) 2014/15.

Andy Carroll spent the entire 2012/13 season at West Ham on loan from parent club Liverpool. During his first season in east London, the England international scored seven goals in 22 starts for the Hammers.

Little more than a month after the season ended, Carroll returned to West Ham on a permanent basis after the two clubs agreed what was to be a club record £15.5million fee. That left Liverpool, who paid £35million to Newcastle for his services just two years earlier - a fee that broke the British transfer record - heavily out of pocket.

Born in Gateshead, Carroll started his professional career with local side Newcastle United in 2006, before spending a brief period on loan with Preston North End, during which time he scored his first league goal.

He established himself as a regular in the Newcastle first team by 2008, and following Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League to the Championship in 2009, scored 17 goals in 39 appearances to help Newcastle win the division, earning immediate promotion back to the Premier League in the process.

He continued to play for the Magpies in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances.


USING HIS HEAD: A selection of goals from Carroll's first season at West Ham


Carroll's performances for Newcastle earned him a call up to the England squad for the friendly against France on 17 November 2010. He scored his first senior goal, a low left foot drive into the bottom corner, four months later in a friendly against Ghana which ended 1–1.

The 6'3" forward signed for Liverpool on the final day of the 2011 January transfer window. He was bought to replace Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea on the same day for a fee of £50 million, making Carroll the second-most expensive player currently playing for a British club.

On 15 May 2012, Carroll was included in the England squad for the 2012 European Championship. He opened the scoring for his country with a powerful header in their second group game against Sweden, which England went on to win 3–2.


BESSIE MATES: Andy and Kevin Nolan speak to ESPN

 

Andy Carroll is yet play any matches this season.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 4th May

Not really ever going to be a Carroll type of game. Did well to get good contact on a bouncing and powerful cross by Lanzini which tested Ederson, but otherwise peripheral at best. Just over 50% pass success rate.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Saturday, 27th April

Not really ever going to be a Carroll type of game. Did well to get good contact on a bouncing and powerful cross by Lanzini which tested Ederson, but otherwise peripheral at best. Just over 50% pass success rate.

Manchester United

1-2: Saturday, 13th April

Not really ever going to be a Carroll type of game. Did well to get good contact on a bouncing and powerful cross by Lanzini which tested Ederson, but otherwise peripheral at best. Just over 50% pass success rate.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 27th February

Not really ever going to be a Carroll type of game. Did well to get good contact on a bouncing and powerful cross by Lanzini which tested Ederson, but otherwise peripheral at best. Just over 50% pass success rate.

Fulham

3-1: Friday, 22nd February

Did not play.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Did not play.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Did not play.

Liverpool

1-1: Monday, 4th February

(Replaced Hernandez) Seemed an odd substitution considering the movement needed up front to apply pressure, but he was a nuisance and also won important defensive headers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-3: Tuesday, 29th January

(Replaced Snodgrass) Had no effect on the game whatsoever.

AFC Wimbledon

2-4: Saturday, 26th January

One header back to Hernandez was good but if he gets a new contract then I’ll cry. Played like an old man searching for his glasses.

Bournemouth

0-2: Saturday, 19th January

(Replaced Hernandez)

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 12th January

(Replaced Hernandez)

Birmingham City

2-0: Saturday, 5th January

(Replaced (Arnautovic) He still doesn’t look match fit and spent a lot of the game drifting away from attacks on the floor. But then the big chances all fell to him, and strikers getting into these positions are doing something right. Needs to improve, but a goal and good chances. Saved a certain goal and defended corners better than any of our defenders.

Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Wednesday, 2nd January

(Replaced Hernandez)

Burnley

0-2: Sunday, 30th December

(Replaced Hernandez)

Southampton

2-1: Thursday, 27th December

(Replaced Hernandez)

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 22nd December

(Replaced Hernandez)

Fulham

2-0: Saturday, 15th December

(Replaced Hernandez)

Crystal Palace

3-2: Saturday, 8th December

(Replaced Perez) Did more than Perez and his presence did worry Palace, but clearly still feeling his way to match fitness.

Cardiff City

3-1: Tuesday, 4th December

(Replaced Hernandez)

Newcastle United

3-0: Saturday, 1st December

Did not play.

Manchester City

0-4: Saturday, 24th November

Did not play.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 13th May

(Replaced Lanzini) Comments to follow.

Manchester United

0-0: Thursday, 10th May

(Replaced Lanzini) Comments to follow.

Leicester City

2-0: Saturday, 5th May

(Replaced Mario) Comments to follow.

Manchester City

1-4: Sunday, 29th April

(Replaced Mario) Comments to follow.

Arsenal

1-4: Sunday, 22nd April

(Replaced Mario) Comments to follow.

Stoke City

1-1: Monday, 16th April

(Replaced Mario) Comments to follow.

Shrewsbury Town

1-0: Tuesday, 16th January

(Replaced Lanzini) Picked up a needless booking in his five minute spell on the field.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Thursday, 4th January

(Replaced Lanzini) Picked up a needless booking in his five minute spell on the field.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd January

Did his job very well. Knocked down all the high balls despite the aerial prowess of his West Brom counterparts and bagged himself a couple of goals to win the match.

Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 23rd December

(Replaced Antonio) Made a very quick impact and was a crucial figure to West Ham's second goal. However his team mates relied on him far too much considering him the only option to reverse their one goal deficit in the last quarter of an hour.

Arsenal

0-1: Tuesday, 19th December

(Replaced Cresswell) Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-0: Wednesday, 13th December

Did not play.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 9th December

Did not play.

Leicester City

1-1: Friday, 24th November

Ran himself into the ground trying to make himself available for crosses and tracking back really well. Proving to be just as important in defence as in attack.

Watford

0-2: Sunday, 19th November

Comments to follow.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 4th November

(Replaced Fernandes) Was a powerfull presence in the air and provided chances for his team mates with his aerial duels.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th October

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

3-2: Wednesday, 25th October

Comments to follow.

Burnley

1-1: Saturday, 14th October

Was getting bullied in the air by the two Burnley centre-halves which ultimately made him lash out on both of them, only to see himself get sent off and hinder the team's performance.

Swansea City

1-0: Saturday, 30th September

Always winning flick ons but never has team mates running onto them. Was just a nuisance for defenders up front.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd September

Always winning flick ons but never has team mates running onto them. Was just a nuisance for defenders up front.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Saturday, 16th September

Caused problems for the home defence. Unfortunately, he and Chicharito haven’t quite built up that understanding yet.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Saturday, 16th September

Always winning flick ons but never has team mates running onto them. Was just a nuisance for defenders up front.

Huddersfield Town

2-0: Monday, 11th September

Did nearly everything right, was good in attack protecting the ball and solid in defence chucking himself about if needs be. Earnt a standing ovation when substituted.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 15th April

Best defender. Best attacker. Like Lanzini he can hold his head high.

Swansea

1-0: Saturday, 8th April

Did not play.

Arsenal

0-3: Wednesday, 5th April

Best defender. Best attacker. Like Lanzini he can hold his head high.

Hull City

1-2: Saturday, 1st April

Best defender. Best attacker. Like Lanzini he can hold his head high.

Leicester City

2-3: Saturday, 18th March

Gave Leicester a lot to think about when the service was right. Unlucky not to get on the sheet.

AFC Bournemouth

2-3: Saturday, 11th March

Huffed and puffed and threw himself around with wild abandon as per, but came up against not only a very good opponent but one of those referees who has no time for physical forwards (see Carlton Cole).

Chelsea

1-2: Monday, 6th March

Huffed and puffed and threw himself around with wild abandon as per, but came up against not only a very good opponent but one of those referees who has no time for physical forwards (see Carlton Cole).

Watford

1-1: Saturday, 25th February

Huffed and puffed and threw himself around with wild abandon as per, but came up against not only a very good opponent but one of those referees who has no time for physical forwards (see Carlton Cole).

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 4th February

Huffed and puffed and threw himself around with wild abandon as per, but came up against not only a very good opponent but one of those referees who has no time for physical forwards (see Carlton Cole).

Manchester City

0-4: Wednesday, 1st February

Huffed and puffed and threw himself around with wild abandon as per, but came up against not only a very good opponent but one of those referees who has no time for physical forwards (see Carlton Cole).

Middlesbrough

3-1: Saturday, 21st January

The big man is in the form of his life with three goals in his last two games - the first here (a header) was as unstoppable as last week's bicycle kick.

Crystal Palace

3-0: Saturday, 14th January

Even if you take the goal out of the equation this was AC at his best. Won everything in the air both with his head and I his chest. Laid the ball off well and brought players into the game on a regular basis. Then there was the goal. MOTM.

Manchester City

0-5: Friday, 6th January

More of an influence defensively than as a striker, which, in case you had forgotten, is what he is there for.

Manchester United

0-2: Monday, 2nd January

More of an influence defensively than as a striker, which, in case you had forgotten, is what he is there for.

Leicester City

0-1: Saturday, 31st December

More of an influence defensively than as a striker, which, in case you had forgotten, is what he is there for.

Swansea City

4-1: Monday, 26th December

More of an influence defensively than as a striker, which, in case you had forgotten, is what he is there for.

Hull City

1-0: Saturday, 17th December

More of an influence defensively than as a striker, which, in case you had forgotten, is what he is there for.

Burnley

1-0: Wednesday, 14th December

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Liverpool

2-2: Sunday, 11th December

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Arsenal

1-5: Saturday, 3rd December

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Manchester United

1-4: Wednesday, 30th November

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 27th November

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 19th November

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 30th October

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Chelsea

2-1: Wednesday, 26th October

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 22nd October

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Crystal Palace

1-0: Saturday, 15th October

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Accrington Stanley

1-0: Wednesday, 21st September

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

West Bromwich Albion

2-4: Saturday, 17th September

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Watford

2-4: Saturday, 10th September

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Manchester City

1-3: Sunday, 28th August

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Astra Giurgiu

1-1: Thursday, 18th August

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Chelsea

1-2: Monday, 15th August

Like his strike partner the big man failed to muster a single shot on target.

Juventus

2-3: Sunday, 7th August

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

NK Domzale

3-0: Thursday, 4th August

Not much in the way of goal threat personally but they were so afraid of him others were allowed to flourish.

NK Domzale

3-0: Thursday, 4th August

The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.

Stoke City

1-2: Sunday, 15th May

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

Manchester United

3-2: Tuesday, 10th May

Kept the visiting defence honest throughout.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Saturday, 30th April

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

Watford

3-1: Wednesday, 20th April

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

Manchester United

1-2: Wednesday, 13th April

Caused the home side problems in the air and on the ground, something that seemed to surprise them. Not us though.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 2nd April

(Replaced Emenike, 60) A decent run out. Held it up well and there was one glorious cross field pass to Cresswell to enjoy.

Chelsea

2-2: Saturday, 19th March

(Replaced Sakho, 59) Well taken goal and brought others into the game well.

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 13th March

Caused the home side problems in the air and on the ground, something that seemed to surprise them. Not us though.

Everton

3-2: Saturday, 5th March

Not as bad as many are making out – one piece of control/turn and pass was beautiful to watch. However he was all too often isolated up front.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Wednesday, 2nd March

Not in the races at all. Still looking less than fully match fit and probably better employed as an impact sub right now.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 27th February

(Replaced) Still not quite there and who else held their breath when he went down in the second half. However, he caused a major nuisance and his presence led to the equaliser.

Blackburn Rovers

5-1: Sunday, 21st February

(Replaced) Still not quite there and who else held their breath when he went down in the second half. However, he caused a major nuisance and his presence led to the equaliser.

Norwich City

2-2: Saturday, 13th February

(Replaced) Still not quite there and who else held their breath when he went down in the second half. However, he caused a major nuisance and his presence led to the equaliser.

Southampton

0-1: Saturday, 6th February

(Replaced Moses) Loves to play against the Saints but had little impact here on his first game back since injury.

Newcastle United

1-2: Saturday, 16th January

(Replaced Sakho) Not really on for long enough to register bit it was good to see him back nevertheless.

AFC Bournemouth

3-1: Tuesday, 12th January

Oh dear, what can you say. A great start only see see him trudge off with another (almost certainly) long-term injury. If the club were debating whether to sign a new striker this month, this probably made their minds up for them.

Wolves

1-0: Saturday, 9th January

Ok his goal was a header. However, he held the ball up well and showed some nice touches on the deck as well. Beginning to get back to his best.

Liverpool

2-0: Saturday, 2nd January

Ok his goal was a header. However, he held the ball up well and showed some nice touches on the deck as well. Beginning to get back to his best.

Southampton

2-1: Sunday, 27th December

(Replaced Zarate) His mere presence seemed to unnerve the visitors’ defence. Took the winner in fine poacher style.

Stoke City

0-0: Saturday, 12th December

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

Manchester United

0-0: Saturday, 5th December

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Sunday, 29th November

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-4: Sunday, 22nd November

Not in the races at all. Still looking less than fully match fit and probably better employed as an impact sub right now.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 7th November

Not as bad as many are making out – one piece of control/turn and pass was beautiful to watch. However he was all too often isolated up front.

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 31st October

Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.

Chelsea

2-1: Saturday, 24th October

(Replaced Zarate, 69) Even before the goal Chelsea were struggling to cope with him winning the ball and he held it up well throughout his afternoon. Marvellous header for the goal.

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 17th October

(Replaced) Asked a different type of question of the Palace defence, one to which, ultimately, they had no answer.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 3rd October

(Replaced) Still not quite there and who else held their breath when he went down in the second half. However, he caused a major nuisance and his presence led to the equaliser.

Norwich City

2-2: Saturday, 26th September

(Replaced) Still not quite there and who else held their breath when he went down in the second half. However, he caused a major nuisance and his presence led to the equaliser.

Newcastle United

2-0: Monday, 14th September

(Replaced Sakho) Not really on for long enough to register bit it was good to see him back nevertheless.

Southampton

0-0: Wednesday, 11th February

(replaced Sakho)

Liverpool

0-2: Saturday, 31st January

Once again he was anonymous for large spells yet came up with a goal-line clearance and an assist for the goal.

Bristol City

1-0: Sunday, 25th January

The big man was anonymous for large spells - yet came up with a goal-line clearance and an assist for the goal.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Another good game up front, holding the ball up, bringing his team-mates into things. Getting another non-headed goal will do his confidence no harm. Tap-ins are his favourite, apparently!

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Always a handful and was alert enough to be first to the loose ball for the all important first goal.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Alert enough to react first to McGregor's spill to score than all-important opening goal. Fairly quiet otherwise.

Everton

2-2: Tuesday, 13th January

Despite the lack of decent chances, a really good performance up top from the big man.

Everton

2-2: Tuesday, 13th January

Gave his opponents no end of problems throughout the game and his influence was essential in West Ham clawing their way back into the game.

Swansea

1-1: Saturday, 10th January

Didn't really provide a great deal apart from scoring a wonder goal. But that is his job.

Swansea

1-1: Saturday, 10th January

Man Of The Match, fantastic solo effort capped a fine display. Offered an outlet for West Ham and tracked back well.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Thursday, 1st January

A bit of a stinker for AC, who failed to take the heat off his manager for making Mauro Zarate surplus to requirements.

Arsenal

1-2: Sunday, 28th December

The same goes for both forwards - struggled to get into things, given the sub-par performances from our two most important creative players. Did have one good chance, but couldn't finish.

Chelsea

0-2: Friday, 26th December

Could hardly win a damn thing today. Easily his worst game back from injury.

Leicester City

2-0: Saturday, 20th December

Worked like a Trojan for scant reward. Probably no less effective than last week against Swansea, but he missed two great second half chances to score.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 13th December

Battled hard, as always. Better touch, too, and found his team-mates more often than in the last couple of matches.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 13th December

Worked like a Trojan for scant reward. Probably no less effective than last week against Swansea, but he missed two great second half chances to score.

Swansea

3-1: Sunday, 7th December

Two goals means he will be most people's MotM, but his distribution was often off again. Great to see him bullying a defence, great to see him on the scoresheet, but Song was the better man today, for me.

Swansea

3-1: Sunday, 7th December

Pretty much unplayable. Good to see him back on the scoresheet. MOTM.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd December

Battled well, lovely overhead volley in the run-up to no. 2, but a bit below his usual standards. Fatigue, perhaps? Expected him to be subbed first and was, but fitness up another notch.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd December

Still clearly not 100 per cent but always willing to bust a gut for the team. His substitution just after the hour mark was well timed.

Newcastle United

1-0: Saturday, 29th November

A 6+, perhaps. As last week, and like Jarvis this, would benefit from better service. Still, another 90 minutes looking very Valencia at the moment (by which I mean that he's not firing on all cylinders yet, but you can see the class...). Some good defensive work, even late in the game, inclines me to mark the 6+ up, rather than down.

Newcastle United

1-0: Saturday, 29th November

Caused more than a few problems, though I suspect that the sponsors' choice of MOTM had more to do with their choice of post-match photo opportunity.

Everton

1-2: Saturday, 22nd November

Did his best off little service. As always, showed a few good touches and a willingness to fight for possession. Above all else, lasted 90 minutes, and that will, hopefully, have done him a power of good!

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 8th November

(Replaced Noble) I mark subs as a 'five' by default. Not enough time in the game (usually) to default to six. Carroll had less than five minutes, but earned a six - what does that say? Not ready to start; not sure I'd want him to; how will Sam change tactics and formation? But, by 'eck, I'm delighted to see him back on't bench, and didn't 'e do well!

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 8th November

(Replaced Noble) Wreaked havoc. Gives us another option when, like yesterday, we are chasing a game in the dying moments.

Sampdoria

3-2: Saturday, 9th August

Malaga

0-2: Sunday, 3rd August

Schalke

0-0: Saturday, 2nd August

Sydney FC

1-3: Saturday, 26th July

Wellington Phoenix

1-2: Wednesday, 23rd July

Ipswich Town

0-0: Wednesday, 16th July

Stevenage FC

2-2: Saturday, 12th July

Manchester City

0-2: Sunday, 11th May

Tottenham Hotspur

2-0: Saturday, 3rd May

Virtually unplayable. Held the ball up well and brought others into play.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-0: Saturday, 3rd May

On another day, would be battling with Nobes for man of the match, except that Downing left them both in his wake. Caused no end of trouble in the Spurs defence. Earned the first goal, even if it isn't credited to him.

West Bromwich Albion

0-1: Saturday, 26th April

Had most of our best chances, but couldn't find a way past Foster.

Crystal Palace

0-1: Saturday, 19th April

Double-teamed for most of the game, he struggled manfully, but not always successfully, to escape the attentions of his markers.

Arsenal

1-3: Tuesday, 15th April

Despite having a decent amount of service was mostly shackled by Mertesacker. Escaped occasionally, but couldn't inflict any real damage.

Liverpool

1-2: Sunday, 6th April

6+, in truth. Battled well, caused trouble, managed to get Sakho to come through his back a few times to win dangerous free kicks. Unfortunately, his first touch was a bit erratic today.

Sunderland

2-1: Monday, 31st March

Towering jump above O'Shea to thump home the first, set up the second for Mo, worked hard all night.

Hull City

2-1: Wednesday, 26th March

Hard-working, but poorly served & worse-supported. Half the time Nolan wasn't anywhere near him, and when Nolan was, nobody else was. We're not going to create much if that continues.

Manchester United

0-2: Saturday, 22nd March

Worked hard up front, won plenty of ball, but couldn't, for all his effort, generate anything for us today. His one genuine chance was very comfortable for de Gea.

Stoke City

1-3: Saturday, 15th March

Everton

0-1: Saturday, 1st March

Did his best, showed some nice touches, defended well too. Ultimately, had too little decent ball to influence things going forwards. Sixty minutes of "fitness training" should stand him in good stead though!

Swansea City

2-0: Saturday, 1st February

Set up his mate for the goals brilliantly and was dominating proceedings so much that it took a disgraceful combination of Flores and Webb to stop him in his tracks. Had he lasted the ninety he'd have been on the scoresheet without a doubt. It's a travesty that his next few games depend on the whim of an organisation noted for its lack of intelligence and common sense. Keep them crossed.

Swansea City

2-0: Saturday, 1st February

All it wanted was a goal for a perfect 10; 60 terrific minutes spoiled by Cheato Flores conning the ref.

Cardiff City

2-0: Saturday, 11th January

A lovely assist and great to see him back.

Reading

4-2: Sunday, 19th May

'Unplayable' according to the Reading boss. Better teams than Reading will have problems with him next season. Let’s hope we’re not one of them.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 12th May

Comments to follow...

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 4th May

Should have had a penalty on an otherwise largely quiet afternoon.

Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th April

Comments to follow...

Wigan Athletic

2-0: Saturday, 20th April

Ran his legs off in the thankless task that he had today. Ludicrously cautioned for something that he did in a previous match.

Manchester United

2-2: Wednesday, 17th April

On a par with Diame and Collins and got the sponsors’ MOTM. And the telly version. And mine. Absolutely enormous up front and one defensive block towards the end was magnificent. I saw an England striker in this match. It wasn’t Rooney.

Southampton

1-1: Saturday, 13th April

Comments to follow...

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Monday, 25th February

Caused problems for the opposition throughout.

Swansea City

1-0: Saturday, 2nd February

Fine match. Quite apart from his goal he was excellent in defence at the end once Swansea finally came out of their shell. MOTM.

Manchester City

0-0: Saturday, 3rd November

Another who worked his socks off – whether it be giving his markers a hard time or popping up to help out the defence at set pieces. After the bad luck he’s had all season with brilliant efforts like the overhead kick in this game, what’s the betting that his first goal for us comes off his backside or something.

Wigan Athletic

1-2: Saturday, 27th October

Did what he was asked to do in winning the vast majority of stuff lumped his way, but unfortunately astute tactics by Wigan meant there was rarely anyone to knock them down to. Aside from that there was a woeful free kick and he failed to connect with a tasty Jarvis cross in the second half. His poorest game for us.

Southampton

4-1: Saturday, 20th October

A constant thorn in the side of the visitors’ defence, who had to resort to illegal tactics to deal with him throughout.

Arsenal

1-3: Saturday, 6th October

Epitomised the spirit of the team. Deserved a goal for his efforts up front and was awesome in helping out at the back when we were defending. Probably made the post-match teas as well for all I know. MOTM.

Fulham

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

As debuts go, this one takes some beating. Based on this performance, quite what Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool were thinking when they let him go on loan one can only guess. Ironically perhaps this was the first time he's looked anything like a £35million striker since leaving Newcastle.

Fulham

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

Not on the scoresheet but he played an important part in two of the goals – for Taylor’s goal no fewer than three Fulham players were trying to deal with his presence. It wasn’t just the way that the ball was won that impressed, it was the intelligent way that other players were brought into play that was the icing on the cake. Hope that hamstring gets sorted sooner rather than later.
Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.

Andy Carroll did not play for West Ham during this season.