20 goal West Ham signing discusses his best position, ideal for Carroll partnership?

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West Ham's Mauro Zarate has been discussing his best position.

Argentine forward Mauro Zarate showed a glimpse of his ability in West Ham's last Premier League game, their scorer in the 3-1 defeat to Southampton.

The summer addition scored 20 league goals in Argentina's top flight last season, and knows English football from a previous loan spell with Birmingham City.

Speaking to West Ham's website he has been discussing his best position, and in the process suggested he may land up being the perfect foil for missing striker Andy Carroll.

He said: "I like to play the free role, in between the midfielder and striker, the position I have played in, in the last few games.

"I just want to score as many goals as possible. I'd like to score more than ten goals, that would be very nice."

As Sam Allardyce searches for the ideal set up, Zarate gives him flexibility as a link player between the lines, allowing him to select an attacking side without committing to playing two out-and-out strikers.

West Ham certainly have options up front, with Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Ricardo Vaz Te. The big name missing is Andy Carroll, who is presently scheduled to return from injury in late October.

The £15 million signing would hope to eventually win a place as the club's first choice striker, and Zarate might just turn out to be the best partner for him, due to their contrasting styles.

Between now and then, if Ecuador striker Valencia can show he is worthy of the fee invested in him, the Hammers may just be able to get a deadly South American duo putting fear into the rest of the Premier League.

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