After scoring his first and second goals since the end of March in West Ham’s 3-1 win at home to Swansea, Andy Carroll came out with an absolute doozy of a quote.
When asked whether his manager made the right decision to focus on Carroll’s £15m capture 18 months ago instead of going for Wilfried Bony, who ended up at Swansea for a few million less, the Gateshead giant had this to say:
“[I haven’t] seen anything about it but he chose the right one, didn’t he?”
Well Andy, if such a conclusion could be drawn after 90 minutes at Upton Park, you may have had a point, but it’s not quite as simple as that.
First off let us look at their respective appearance records since the summer of 2013.
Carroll has turned out 21 times for West Ham during this timeframe, and hasn’t added to his nine England caps since heading to east London on loan from Liverpool almost two years ago.
Bony has made 17 appearances for Swansea during this campaign alone, having made it onto the pitch 47 times in his first season at the Liberty Stadium.
The 26-year-old has also become a mainstay for his country, appearing in each of Ivory Coast’s three World Cup 2014 matches and starting the first two.
Round One to the man they call ‘Daddy Cool’, it seems.
As for goals, it’s a knockout.
Carroll has managed just 11 goals in 45 all-competition outings for the Irons, either on-loan or as a fully paid-up member of Sam Allardyce’s squad over the past 23 months.
Bony has 32 in 62 appearances since signing from Vitesse, as well as a couple for his country.
We’re calling the fight right here, but don’t worry Andy, you’ll always have that December day at the Boleyn.
Due to Bony’s likely January involvement in the African Cup of Nations, Carroll is the 1/3 favourite to outscore his rival in the Premier League between now and the end of term.
Bony can be backed in this match-bet at 9/4, which is strongly advised despite his potential absence.