BBC pundit outlines Carroll as the man to turn things around at West Ham

According to former striker Garth Crooks, West Ham need Andy Carroll fit and firing if they are to stay in the Premier League this season.

The target man is currently injured with a knee issue and the Hammers have struggled without him, reflected in their position of 18th in the Premier League table.

They have four points from their opening seven Premier League games, but Crooks thinks more points will be put on the board if the former Newcastle United man can get a run of games under his belt.

The Hammers drew on Saturday against Middlesbrough with Dimitri Payet on the scoresheet and whilst Crooks put the Frenchman in his Team of the Week, he feels Payet alone will not be enough to stop the club going down.

Writing in his Team of the Week column for BBC Sport, the former Tottenham man said: “The problem with West Ham is that they can’t keep relying on Payet by waiting for a moment of inspiration or a wonder goal to pull them out of the mire.

“The Hammers may have the passion of Mark Noble and the commitment of Winston Reid but they need a genuine goalscorer to share the load with Payet if they intend to retain their status in the top flight. If Andy Carroll can stay fit for a decent run of games, that might do the trick.”

West Ham travel to Crystal Palace after the international break, before hosting Sunderland at the London Stadium a week after.