Andy Carroll admits that he needs to work harder to break into the West Ham United team, but could the former Liverpool and Newcastle United striker start against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday?
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll understands that he is not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.
The England international is fully fit now, having recovered from the ankle injury he picked up in pre-season.
The 25-year-old would normally be perceived as a key figure in the West Ham team, but the former Liverpool star has not been missed so far this campaign.
“Obviously we've been flying at the minute, we've been doing great and all you can do is fight for your place,” the former Newcastle United star told West Ham’s official website.
“That’s what I'm doing in training and hopefully the gaffer puts us on for a few more minutes and let's see what happens. It's tough to displace anyone in the team, anyone that's been playing, not just Sakho and Valencia.
“We've been playing fantastic football, we've been scoring goals and creating a lot of chances with all the players in the squad. So it's going to be a fight for everyone to get back in.”
West Ham are away at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday and maybe, just maybe, Carroll could start.
That’s because Sakho picked up a back injury on international duty with Senegal and was forced to miss Wednesday’s match against Botswana (click here to read more).
Carroll made his first competitive appearance of the season against Aston Villa before the international break and took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Fulham a few days ago.
Having regained his fitness and being hungry for more Premier League minutes, Carroll could be someone to look to for goals against Everton at Goodison Park.