The Hammers have exceeded all expectations so far and sit in fourth place going into Christmas and European football hopes are well and truly alive at Upton Park.
Sam Allardyce bolstered his attack in the summer by bringing in Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zarate, and although all three have made an impact, it’s the return of record signing Andy Carroll that’s impressing most at this moment in time.Embed from Getty Images
The former Newcastle and Liverpool man struggled with injuries last season and missed the start of the current campaign too. But he’s been involved in the Hammers’ last seven now and looks back to his best.
He has netted three goals in his last three and picked up one assist in that time too. Saturday’s victory against Leicester City saw him put in another commanding performance as he won more headers than any other striker in the league this weekend.
Carroll’s 15 headers won was the most by any forward in the Premier League this weekend by some distance, with Christian Benteke, Olivier Giroud and Nikica Jelavic all closest with six won.
The 25-year-old striker is a arguably the best target man in the league and that suits Sam Allardyce’s style of play, even with a lot less long ball seen by the Hammers this season.Embed from Getty Images
His displays in recent weeks have seen him linked with another call up to the England National Team. He has scored twice in two international appearances to date and would give the Three Lions something different up top if Roy Hodgson decides to recall the West Ham star.
The Hammers travel to Chelsea on Boxing Day and they will need Carroll to be at his best to stand any chance. He will need to hold the ball up and exert his aerial dominance against two of the best aerial defenders in the league in John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Andy Carroll is back on track. West Ham are flying and things look good for Sam Allardyce and his very happy Hammers.
How good is Andy Carroll playing at the moment? And how important is he to this West Ham team?