The annual cycle of Andy Carroll tends to involve being out injured for 11 months of the year, before returning to score a smattering of goals right before an important transfer window, perhaps with the sole purpose of earning himself some suitors.
The Hammers striker has scored twice in 12 fairly brief appearances so far this season, both of which came in one game against West Brom to earn his side an important three points.
Chelsea meanwhile aren’t doing too badly in their title defence, and currently sit in third place in the table, just one point behind Manchester United.
While the other club from Manchester seem to have run away with the league, and lead the Blues by a remarkable 16 points, Chelsea look set for at least another top four finish.
Despite their relative success Antonio Conte’s side are actually the lowest scorers inside the top five, though 41 goals in 22 games is nothing to be sniffed at.
With Alvaro Morata struggling to rediscover his form, and Michy Batshuayi seeking an exit from the club, it is little surprise that Conte is in the market for another striker. The real surprise is that the name Andy Carroll is the name at the top of Chelsea’s list.