Neither Stewart Downing or Andy Carroll ever really fitted into the Liverpool's first team, granted they both had their moments in Red, but they could never be consistent enough to stamp their mark at Anfield.
Now they both find themselves in the Claret and Blue of West Ham United where, under Sam Allardyce, they will surely be placed straight into the first team at Upton Park. Carroll, of course, doesn't need anytime to settle in as he spend the last campaign for West Ham which was overall successful despite injuries forcing him out of the team on a number of occasions.
West Ham utilise Sam Allardyce's style of play to great effect It relies heavily on a striker that has strong aerial ability, Andy Carroll and players who can deliver quality crosses and set pieces. This is where Downing comes into the equation, in their short time together at Anfield they formed some what of a connection and although he is inconsistent, Downing possesses an ability to produce high quality delivery.
If he can get produce these while at West Ham there's no doubt that Andy Carroll will be able to take advantage of these scoring lots of goals in the process.
Any team that plays against a Sam Allardyce side know that they are in for a physical battle, one that will be won or lost in the air and with Downing and Carroll West Ham could hold the key to success. They still may struggle against the top teams but against the teams around them, the teams that they must win to ensure Premier League survival next season.
If the Hammers play to both of their strengths then they could have themselves a very dangerous partnership, one that would put a lot of top flight defences under pressure.
Fans will be hoping this can push them on from their 10th place finish last year and break comfortably into the top half. In many ways an exciting season ahead for West Ham.
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