Despite some encouraging performances, Steve Bruce opted against handing Andy Carroll a new deal in April, so he didn’t feature in West Bromwich Albion’s last two Championship games.

The Baggies signed the 33-year-old on a free transfer in January until the end of the season. Carroll scored three goals in 15 games but created 10 chances and won 110 aerial duels, so he had his uses.

Bruce’s reasoning to axe the former England international didn’t make a lot of sense either as he wants to give Kenneth Zohore an opportunity despite him being lower down the pecking order this season.

Carlton Palmer says the decision to axe Carroll was still correct, telling 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. (He) doesn’t play enough games and doesn’t score enough goals.

“He’s been a very good player, but he’s at the end of his career now. So teams will take him in on short-term gigs now (and) I’m sure Andy Carroll is still earning decent money.”

It’s understood why West Brom don’t want to hand Carroll a longer contract due to his injury history, but many will have raised their eyebrows when Zohore was cited as a reason why.

The 28-year-old has made 23 appearances in all competitions since joining Albion from Cardiff City in 2019, scoring five goals with one assist. He’s out of contract in 12 months and is unlikely to be handed a new deal, so West Brom are more likely to place him on the transfer list rather than played next season.

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