Sam Allardyce has heaped praised on Andy Carroll after he scored two goals against Swansea City to help his team turn around a 1-0 deficit and earn his side all three points.
Wilfried Bony opened the scoring for his side, but a brace from Carroll and a goal from Diafra Sakho pushed the Hammers into third and could secure their place if the result from the Southampton versus Manchester United match later today goes their way.
Allardyce told Skysports: “He is unplayable if he continues to improve his match fitness, which only games can give him now. The movement is what it’s all about.
“When he stands with a defender and starts fighting is when he doesn’t get the full effect of his quality in the air, but he’s not just got heading ability, he’s got hold-up play and good touch.
He added: “We put a five-point gap between those below us, which is a massive gap to make up at this stage of the season.
“It gives us an opportunity to build from here. We’ve got a full squad apart from Mark Noble and we will need that over this Christmas period.”