West Ham forward Carlton Cole

West Ham striker Carlton Cole is hoping to make his first start for the club since resigning as a free agent on Tuesday as his side travel to Championship side Burnley for the Capital One Cup.

The English forward was released at the end of last season, but was offered a contract by manager Sam Allardyce after the Hammers’ slow start to the Premier League season.

With injuries to Ricardo Vaz Te and Andy Carroll, Cole is hoping to lead the line for the London club in their Capital One Cup contest. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 29-year-old expressed his desire to prove himself for the full 90 minutes:

“Everyone knows I need minutes for match fitness. Sunday was a good start on my way to recovery. I’m now hoping to get the minutes and the goals to get us through to the next round if I can.” said Cole.

“I’m chuffed to get back and to be involved in it again. Any footballer will tell you that have to work hard and the manager has noticed that I was working hard and has given me a new deal.¬†Hopefully I can push on from here and add to the team and play a significant role.”

But the Englishman could have his work cut out if he does feature for the Upton Park side, who face Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley. The Lancashire outfit have won 10 of their 13 league matches this season, as they look to get back into the Premier League under manager Sean Dyche.

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