Two of West Ham’s longest-serving players are departing the club this summer.
West Ham announced on Tuesday that strikers Andy Carroll and goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, better known simply as Adrian, are leaving the club as free agents this summer. Joining them in leaving West Ham are Samir Nasri and Toni Martinez.
Carroll and Adrian both arrived at West Ham in 2013.
“Andy and Adrian have both been great servants to West Ham United throughout their time at the Club and we thank them for their loyalty and commitment to the Claret and Blue cause,” joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said in a statement. “Both have provided us and our fellow supporters with some unforgettable moments, whether they were sensational scissor kicks and unstoppable headers in Andy’s case, or penalty saves and goals in Adrian’s.
“They can both be assured of warm welcomes whenever they return to London Stadium and we wish them, as well as Samir Nasri and the young players whose contracts are up this summer, the very best for their future careers.”
Together, Carroll and Adrian made 292 first team appearances, with Adrian set as the No. 1 keeper during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. Carroll, who joined as a man looking to work his way back into the England National Team ahead of the 2014 World Cup, never found the consistency necessary to be a top-level Premier League striker.
Carroll’s highest Premier League goal return rate was nine, and this season he finished with no goals in 12 appearances, including three starts. He finished with 33 goals in six years.
It’s unclear where Carroll, Adrian and Nasri will head next. Nasri, who had served an 18-month ban for using a banned substance, made just six appearances after joining on January 1, 2019. Adrian could head back to Real Betis, though he’d surely be the No. 2. For Carroll and Nasri, they may need to go abroad or drop down a division to look for regular playing time.
With Manuel Pellegrini heading into his second year in charge, it’s a chance for the Chilean to make the team more in his mold, getting rid of some players on the fringes for younger, more talented players.