Will we see West Ham striker Sakho again after he was ruled out for the season?
PUBLISHED: 14:05 04 May 2017
Hammers striker Andy Carroll is battling to be fit as boss looks at Calleri or Fletcher to start
As the ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga continues over Andy Carroll, it was confirmed this week that in the case of Diafra Sakho he most definitely won’t play again this season.
The troubled striker has played just four times this season, twice in November and then twice in April, and manager Slaven Bilic has now signalled the end of his season.
“Sakho has been very unlucky in terms of injuries all season,” said Bilic. “I remember him getting injured in pre-season.
“He came back against Spurs and then at Old Trafford he pulled his hamstring and was out and then had a back operation and he was out for four or five months.
“Now he has another problem and it is really a problem. He is not fit, he has a problem with his back and unfortunately he is out for the season.”
Another campaign wasted for the Senegal international and you have to wonder whether he has a future at the club.
But remember, the Hammers looked to offload him last season to West Brom, only for him to fail a medical and with his back injury seeminly a problem again, despite his operation, the chances of selling him seem to be tough.
Carroll too has struggled with a groin injury in recent weeks and though the manager has hinted that he expected him to play a part against Everton and Stoke City, the England international didn’t make it and, consequently, West Ham failed to score.
“Andy trained individually a couple of days this week now and he is going to try again,” said Bilic. “It is the same question as for the Stoke game, we hoped he was going to be okay for that game but he wasn’t, so I don’t know.”
It would seem that Carroll may only have a chance to come off the bench against Tottenham tonight (Friday), which would mean a place in the starting line-up for Jonathan Calleri or another youngster in Ashley Fletcher.
Bilic added: “We are going to see if Calleri leads the attack, but I have confidence in him.
“He runs a lot, he presses a lot and against Stoke he played really good and the only thing that was missing I think was goals.”
A quite important flaw then.
“Ashley is in consideration to start. I like him as a player, he is young with a bright future, works hard and is a very polite guy.
“He played a lot more in the first part of the season when the options for us were limited, but he is under consideration for the Tottenham game.”
Unless we have some miracle with Carroll, then it seems likely that Calleri will keep his place and that is likely to put even more pressure on the defence at the other end.