West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has reassured his newly acquired striker Andy Carroll that he will be a first-team regular for the Hammers this season, according to The Guardian.
Carroll joined West Ham on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day after being told by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he wasn’t going to feature in his immediate plans. Rodgers may subsequently be regretting that decision as Carroll made a man-of-the-match performance in a comfortable 3-0 victory over a lacklustre Fulham side.
It is perhaps testament to the impressive nature of Carroll’s performance that he managed to pick up the man-of-the-match award despite failing to get onto the score sheet. It took Carroll just 53 seconds to make an impact in the claret and blue of West Ham, as he flicked the ball on for Ricardo Vaz Te who subsequently teed the ball to Kevin Nolan who slotted home impressively to score the fastest goal of the Premier League campaign thus far.
After the game the Hammers’ skipper Nolan expressed his delight at season Carroll make the move to the Boleyn Ground, “I’m delighted for him because he deserves to be playing every week. I said to him before the game that he’s got nothing to prove to anyone. We all know his capabilities; even the players at Liverpool know his capabilities.”
Sam Allardyce, who managed Carroll at Newcastle United, admitted after the Fulham victory that it took all his persuasive skills to lure the England striker Carroll away from Anfield, “the thing about Andy was getting him out of Liverpool, because he didn’t want to leave. But in the end he had to accept that Brendan [Rodgers] wanted to go down a different route, which every man is entitled to. Andy had to accept that he had to move on and make sure he gets first-team football, because he’s got his England place to protect.”
On a less happy note for West Ham and Carroll, the 23-year-old had to be substituted in the second half after pulling up with a hamstring injury. As a consequence, the striker has ruled himself out of England’s forthcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Fulham manager Martin Jol realises that his side may have to gear up for a long hard season after an abject display. The Cottagers have been rocked by the transfer deadline departures of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey to Tottenham. Carroll is hoping to be fit in time for early kick-off away at Norwich on September 15th.
Despite this, Jol said that he was delighted to be reunited with Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. The former Manchester United striker played under Jol at Spurs and the Fulham boss was full of praise for the languid striker, “you build teams around good players and I feel Berbatov has excellent quality, I’ve missed that for a couple of years.”