Considering his lack of pace and aerial dominance, it’s fair to say Andy Carroll relies on good balls into the box.
The problem is, he just isn’t getting into good positions.
I don’t know if it’s the system, his total lack of mobility or both, but I’ve watched him closely in his last two starts against Brighton and Newport, and it’s alarming just how little he actually gets himself into the box.
Not only is it alarming how slow, stiff and immobile he looks, it’s a real worry that the man we’ll be relying on to score goals should Wilson get injured is never getting close to the area he needs to be in to get on the scoresheet.
At one point in Wednesday night’s win at Newport, I remember seeing Almiron burst down the left and put a wicked ball into the box. When he crossed it in I was looking out for Andy Carroll, knowing he’d thrive on balls across the six-yard box, yet where was he? He was on the half-way line, I kid you not.
Not only that, I noticed he was nowhere to be seen when Jacob Murphy saw two first-half shots rebound back off their goalkeeper. That’s not his forte, but he needs to be getting much closer to the goal and us much further up the pitch as a team if he’s to start scoring goals again.
OK, he’ll win a header or bring the ball down from a long hoof up with pitch, but he doesn’t look fit enough or fast enough to then burst into the box and keep up with our pacey attackers after he’s done that.
He hasn’t scored a Premier League goal for THIRTY months now. I know injury issues have played a big part in that horrific stat, but his lack of movement and even poorer mobility makes me believe that won’t change anytime soon the way he’s going.