Reid back but Carroll out as West Ham prepare for Everton visit

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Striker Carroll is out with a recurrence of a groin injury and right-back Byram is suspended following his red card at Sunderland last weekend.

Midfielder James McCarthy may not feature again this season as he continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.

Muhamed Besic is nearing a return after missing the entire campaign with a knee injury. West Ham sent Reece Oxford out on loan to Reading. They are favourites here even though they haven't won outside of Goodison Park for almost three months.

It is not clear if they had any intention to join the bidding when the Toffees forked out a club-record £28 million to secure his services, but they were keen to partner Lukaku with Andy Carroll.

"There is much work to be done before they're safe". He's one of our most important players. He won everything, he did everything and we are talking about an England captain, a true leader.

'But with his charisma, his experience, his quality on the ball, his reading the game, aerial ability and more than anything leadership, great organising as well, I wouldn't be surprised if he plays good for another year or two. You never say never'. The Hammers have roundly failed in the transfer market in recent years; they have spent nearly £100m on 35 strikers over the past 10 years, and they have a combined average of one goal every five games.

"If someone is interested, for sure they will call the board and then we will speak about it but we will try to do everything to keep him at Everton next season". Thus they have five games to make up a seven-point gap to Manchester City, in fourth, and the mathematics do not seem to add up.

Think you can do better than Lawro? "They don't know how to manage a game".

It's eight in the Premier League.

They now sit 13 in the table and the fans are turning on manager Slaven Bilic.

They have recovered 16 points from losing positions this season, a tally bettered only by Liverpool (18) and Tottenham (17).

Phil Jagielka has scored in each of his last three games for Everton; as many as he had scored in his previous 71 in the Premier League.

Probability of away win: 43%.

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