By George Overhill

12th May, 2022 | 6:40pm

Carlton Palmer reacts to West Brom decision to lose 'very good player' Andy Carroll

West Brom were right to move on from Andy Carroll because he was a “short-term fix” and doesn’t have enough output says Carlton Palmer.

The Athletic reported that Steve Bruce had informed the former England striker that he would not be offered a new deal for next season at the end of last month, and the 33-year-old was subsequently left out of the remaining games to avoid injury.

The former Newcastle man was signed following the injury to January signing Daryl Dike, having left Reading during the season, and was a popular figure in his time at the Hawthorns but reportedly doesn’t fit with the style of play the Baggies boss wants, a decision which former Albion man Palmer applauds.

The BBC Radio Leeds pundit told Football League World: “Absolutely right decision.

“I mean, I think I always thought that Andy Carroll was a short-term fix to try and help them out, doesn’t play enough games and doesn’t score enough goals.

“I mean, he’s, he’s been a good player, a very good player, but he’s, he’s at the end of his career now.

“So teams will take him in, I mean I’m sure Andy Carroll is still earning decent money, but teams will take him in on short-term gigs now, and that’s what’s happening.”

Tough decision

Carroll was a bright spot in an uneven second half of the season, and fans took to his combative style of play, but at his age and after the injuries he has suffered mobility is far from his strong suit.

But the overall displays were largely not what fans wanted to see so while he was a standout in a poor situation he won’t necessarily be in a better one.

Everyone with an interest in the club will be expecting better from the product on the pitch next year, and Carroll was never going to be the main man up front once Dike is fit again.

But until the American returns to the field there is no way of knowing how much of the burden he can shoulder after a long lay off.

Even assuming the 21-year-old is back to his best, a big man who is good in the air always offers a viable plan B in a desperate situation.

Carroll’s late equalising header to snatch a draw against Huddersfield (11 March) in a game where his introduction completely turned a game that Albion had been comfortably second best in demonstrated that.

Palmer was also the kind of unwieldy player that opponents find difficult to deal with, but even so he clearly agrees with Bruce that for all the now-former forward offers the club need to be looking in another direction from now on.

In other West Brom news, Bruce has raved about a “really top class” member of his squad who finished the season strongly.

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