West Ham have won two games in a row, with Andy Carroll scoring in both matches.
Carroll had missed some time earlier in the season through injury, but the big striker has returned to action and is showing flashes of his elite goalscoring abilities.
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Those abilities made Carroll the most expensive British footballer ever when he moved from Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011. However, he failed to live up to his lofty price tag.
Carroll was loaned to West Ham the next season and eventually the move was made permanent for less than half of his record transfer fee.
Injuries have hindered the striker throughout his career, making more than 20 appearances in a season just two times over the past five years.
Now back fit and scoring goals for West Ham, manager Slaven Bilic is hoping Carroll can keep up his production. However, with the striker’s fitness history as well as some previous off-the-field issues, Bilic is hoping he doesn’t “go the other way.”
He looks really good and fit and it’s all about him now.
Is he going to maintain and progress and look after himself, or is he going to go the other way? He has history in that and I’m not his dad, I can’t demand things from him. But I’m expecting that to be fair.
Carroll’s health will be essential to West Ham’s success, as the team currently sits sixth in the Premier League. With both Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho sidelined by injuries, the Hammers can’t afford to lose Carroll again.
At 26-years-old, there is also an outside chance that Carroll could get a look for the England national team with the EUROs coming up next summer. Caroll has made nine appearances for England and scored in EURO 2012, but has not earned a cap in more than three years.Follow @KyleLynchFC