One of the first player’s you associate with ‘injury plagued’ would undoubtedly be Andy Carroll.
West Ham’s record signing had a positive start to the 2014/2015 campaign, winning 110 of his aerial duels, more than any other player, after playing just 12 games at the start of the campaign.
However, the former Newcastle United frontman has mustered just 16 appearances in the famous claret and blue shirt since his permanent switch to Upton Park from Liverpool last summer.
Once more, based on his £15m transfer fee, ‘Big Andy’ has cost the Hammers £7.5m for every goal he has scored, making him the most expensive striker per goal in Premier League history, managing to beat former Chelsea’s £50m flop Fernando Torres.
With Carroll only managing to return to light pre-season training after another hefty spell on the treatment table and the East Londoners potentially contending with more games ahead of the 2015/2016 season, it’s highly unlikely that the 26-year-old will last the whole season once again.
So on that note, here are five possible replacements Slaven Bilic should consider…