Mark Lawrenson has blasted West Ham United’s Andy Carroll after the striker stormed off the substitutes bench and back to the dressing room when he was not introduced during the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend.
The incident prompted manager David Moyes to banish him from training on Monday.
Although his boss confirmed in the Evening Standard that Carroll has since returned to senior duties, Lawrenson was clearly not impressed with the England international’s attitude.
“West Ham got turned over by Manchester City last week and Hammers boss David Moyes fell out with Andy Carroll when he went back to the dressing room during the game after being an unused substitute,” the former Liverpool defender wrote in his Premier League predictions column for BBC Sport.
“Moyes was quite right in my opinion, because that is an insult to your team-mates.
“What sort of person does that – let alone Carroll, who is so injury prone that you might only get 15 starts out of him a season.”
Although the 29-year-old forward received backing from many supporters on social media, Lawrenson raises a valid point when referring to his injury record.
Carroll has managed just 14 top-flight outings for West Ham in another season disrupted by fitness issues, scoring three goals.
There was speculation that he was close to joining Chelsea in January, although another ankle problem is thought to have scuppered that particular move.
With a little over a year remaining on his contract, it seems that Carroll’s time in claret and blue may be drawing to an end and few would be surprised if he were shown the exit door in the summer.
The powerful hitman’s return to training means that he could be involved for the Premier League trip to Leicester City on Saturday, which may go a long way towards deciding whether or not West Ham will stay in the top division.