Andy Carroll arrived from Liverpool in a ‘difficult frame of mind’
Sam Allardyce admits that Andy Carroll was in a "difficult frame of mind" when he first arrived at West Ham United last summer
Sam Allardyce admits that Andy Carroll was in a “difficult frame of mind” when he first arrived at West Ham United from Liverpool last summer.
The 24-year-old signed a six-year deal as he sealed a £16m permanent move from Liverpool on Wednesday following his successful loan spell at Upton Park last season.
Carroll, who had joined the Reds for a British-record £35m fee in January 2011, arrived at West Ham last August after Brendan Rodgers deemed the striker surplus to requirements at Liverpool.
And Hammers boss Allardyce revealed his delight at finally securing the services of the England international following months of speculation about his future.
“After a long chase I am delighted that we have finally secured our very important acquisition in terms of ability and age,” Allardyce told West Ham’s website.
“The size of the contract is a statement of West Ham’s belief in Andy and Andy’s belief in West Ham. Our relationship over the 12 months he was here was key to this deal.
“He came to us in a difficult frame of mind and had suffered with injuries but the support the coaching staff and the rest of the boys that work so hard behind the scenes was something he felt very comfortable with in the end.”
Allardyce is backing Carroll to continue to develop at West Ham after he scored seven goals in 24 games in the 2012-13 campaign.
He continued: “We expect him to enhance his reputation even further with West Ham and become one of the major strikers in the country and become an England regular – we hope he will produce for West Ham and England as we prepare to move into the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
“We’ve acquired a player who was recently the most expensive British player in the history of football. We haven’t done it cheaply, but we have definitely done it wisely.”