Dickov: This huge player has been struggling ahead of Tottenham clash with West Ham
By Amir Mir
Paul Dickov believes West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been “struggling” this season ahead of the Tottenham clash on Friday night.
Former Manchester City midfielder Dickov labelled Carroll as a “huge player” for Slaven Bilic’s team, who will be looking to dent Spurs’ Premier League title charge.
Carroll has one again found it difficult to deal with his injuries this term as he has played only 18 league matches.
He is touch and go for the game against Spurs, having missed West Ham’s last two games through a groin injury.
Former Arsenal man Dickov backed Tottenham to continue their title charge against their London rivals.
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“He’s been struggling [Carroll],” Dickov told BetSafe. “He’s a huge player for them. Against Tottenham, the way they [West Ham] are playing at the minute, I can only see one winner.”
Carroll has already missed a big chunk of the season when he was on the sidelines for close to four months at the start of the campaign because of a knee problem.
As a result, he has only played 22 matches in all competitions, scoring seven goals added with his two assists.
All of his strikes have come in the league, with his last goal coming against Hull City at the start of April.
When the last time West Ham played Spurs in November at White Hart Lane, the home team clinched all three points.
On that day, striker Harry Kane scored two goals in the dying minutes to help his team make a remarkable comeback.
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