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    Fit Andy Carrol is a true danger

    In a season full of drama, it's unbelievable that Andy Carroll is the Hammers light in a very dark tunnel.


    The force has finally awaken for West Ham, and it's the no 9 who gives a new hope to the people committed to the claret and sky blue shirt.

    Even though, scoring five in 10 isn't a jaw dropping achievement, Andy Carroll is the one that currently lifts the game up for the Irons and eases the fear of exemption for Slaven Bilic.

    Preceding matchweek 21, Carroll scored a fourth of all goals from the past five clashes, including the wonderful second-half, top-right corner air strike against Crystal Palace.

    Many though the scissors kick goal in week 21 is the best thing the 6' 4" fellow could give the fans this season. But now, it seems like West Ham supporters ain't seen nothing yet.

    The Andy Carroll show continued last Saturday, as the striker found the net twice in a spectacular 1-3 road win at Riverside Stadium. Two goals gave a perfect combination: MOTM award for him and three points for the team.

    The key for success? Fitness

    Andy Carroll debuted in the Premier League in the 2010/11 campaign, and since then suffered from eight different injuries! The worst one (intraarticular ligament knee crack during 2014/15 campaign) left the player sidelined for four months (six including the off-season) which resulted in a 17 game absence.

    In total, the England international missed 71 PL fixtures due to health problems. Each of those absence had different consequences, yet it's more interesting to view the player's injury comeback stats.

    Goals: 23 / Assists: 5 / W: 13 / D: 4 / L: 3 (out of 20 matches); taking in account only games in which he has either scored or assisted. The stiker has in combine played in 64 games, coming back straight from injuries.

    Convascelent Carroll contributed nearly every time during injury return (in 7 out of 9 of those comebacks fans witnessed at least a goal in between injury periods).

    While Liverpool could only count for two post-injury goals from the 28-year-old, West Ham benefited from 21 goals, 5 assists and 40 points with the attacker back in line.

    Lately, his week 21 and 22 efforts helped the East Londoners to move up from 13 to top of the table, with 28 points in their account.

    Still, there is one thing that keeps me concerned. If Andy Carroll is a serious threat once fit, why are we always surprised with his good form when leaving behind health issues?

    Maybe it's because after the leg fracture injury in 2013 we stopped expecting big things. He joined Liverpool as a promising youngster, but the unsuccessful spell in Merseyside and a dissapointing first year at Upton Park, his actions on and off the field caused peals of laughter.

    However, maybe it's time to take him seriously, despite all the turbulences on his path. After all, he's second on the list of players who lead the league with headed goals.

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