Andy Carroll drew the ire of many West Ham United fans on Twitter for his performance in the team’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Watford on Sunday.
The England international failed to make an impact in the final third and was lucky not be sent off inside a minute after launching an elbow at Marvin Zeegelaar as the pair went up for an early aerial challenge, leaving the Hornets debutant bloodied on the turf.
In a physical encounter, Carroll was one of four Hammers players to find themselves in referee Andre Marriner’s book and it was little surprise to see him substituted for Diafra Sakho midway through the second half.
Whilst physicality is one of the former Newcastle United striker’s greatest strengths, it boiled over into indiscipline at Vicarage Road and threatened to see him issued with his second red card of the campaign.
New boss David Moyes handed Carroll a start with top scorer Javier Hernandez out injured but there will now be major questions as to whether he should retain his place for the visit of Leicester City on Friday night.
That game takes on renewed importance following Sunday’s defeat and there will need to be a reaction after what was another disjointed display.
Watford took the lead with Will Hughes’ first goal for the club after 11 minutes and had opportunities to double their advantage before the Irons created a flurry of chances at the end of the opening period.
Firstly, Mark Noble slipped in Cheikhou Kouyate, who saw his close-range effort well dealt with by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Minutes later the Brazilian stopper was called into action again, producing a remarkable double save to deny Marko Arnautovic his first strike in claret and blue.
Kouyate wasted another golden opportunity to level the match when he blazed over after the break and there was a sense of the inevitable when Hughes pounced on a mistake from Winston Reid to slip in Richarlison to fire in the home side’s second.
Despite having chances, West Ham were comfortably outplayed for the majority of the match and could have no complaints about the final score.
Whilst few shone for the Hammers, Carroll was on the receiving end of much of the criticism; the best of the Twitter reaction can be found below:
Reid, Kouyate, Obiang and Carroll are too much of a liability. Musuaku is decent but he is not a left back #COYI
— 父 Steve 父 (@steve_whufc7) November 19, 2017
— Brian Immekus (@BrianImmekus1) November 19, 2017
@whufc Andy Carroll does not deserve a starting place! He is a liability and can't keep up with the pace of the Premier league today. What is going on behind the scenes, because this is a disaster #COYI
— AJ Spencer (@ajspencer81) November 19, 2017
— Chris Burns (@chrisburns66) November 19, 2017
Carroll has to be one of the most useless players in the Premier League. Probably gives you something, 5 out of the 38 games, if you’re lucky #COYI
— Follow @UpToScratchGolf on IG 🙏🏻 (@lu_thirty_1) November 19, 2017
— Mark Welland (@wellandm) November 19, 2017
That was dreadful. It's a chore to even watch us at the moment. Carroll is a complete liability. No pace, no ideas, nobody making runs off the ball to create space. Shambles.
— George ⚒ (@George_WHU) November 19, 2017
Disappointing result today , I am still at vicarage road waiting for @AndyTCarroll to tell me it’s ok to leave the ground.
— Ian (@ianwhu) November 19, 2017