By Matt Farr
Former Premier League midfielder-turned pundit Danny Murphy believes West Ham goalscorer Andy Carroll needs better service from his teammates.
West Ham haven’t scored more than a single goal in four of their last five Premier League games, and have managed just 19 in total throughout the season so far.
Meanwhile, Carroll, who has missed much of the campaign through injury, has scored just one goal in five Premier League appearances.
Murphy believes that the England striker is not at fault however, instead blaming the quality of the service provided by his teammates.
In his column in the Evening Standard Murphy wrote: “Here is the problem they have. To be effective, Carroll needs pacey wingers delivering crosses. When I look at West Ham’s side, I don’t see much speed.
“Andre Ayew is not especially quick. Dimitri Payet is a fantastic player but he, too, lacks extreme pace. Manuel Lanzini likes to play through the middle.
“Michail Antonio is quick enough but prefers to be on the end of crosses, rather than delivering them.
“So, if West Ham are to make the most of having Carroll, who do they play wide? I don’t see anyone in the squad who can do the job.”
The Hammers face relegation rivals Swansea on Boxing Day at the Liberty Stadium, having won their last two league games.
A win against the Swans can propel Slaven Bilic’s underperforming side into the top-half of the table, a move that will reassure fans that they will not be drawn into a relegation battle this season. They are currently 13th.
The lack of a prolific striker will be an issue to West Ham going forward, and Bilic is already considering his options ahead of the January transfer window.
Antonio is currently the club’s top goalscorer, with seven goals from 23 appearances in all competitions.
In other West Ham news, Cheikhou Kouyate could move into midfield when the Hammers taken on Swansea.