Carroll purrs over the strengths of Valencia and Sakho

West Ham Upton Park

West Ham United star Andy Carroll formed an effective partnership with Diafra Sakho at the weekend.

While Andy Carroll has been on the treatment table at West Ham United things have changed in their attacking department. 

The striker, who missed much of the early part of the season, has seen the likes of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia arrive at the club when he was out injured and he is now having to get used to playing alongside the summer signings. 

Sakho and Valencia have both impressed since arriving at the Boleyn Ground, but Carroll's form since recovering from an ankle complaint has meant that he looks a guaranteed starter at the club for the time being. 

It means that Sam Allardyce faces a tough decision to pick a partner for the England international and Carroll appears to have no preference to who he would rather play alongside. 

"Both of them are great players as they have shown from the start of the season," Carroll said to the club's official site. "Both of them have got goals in them. Diafra has come off the bench and got one and he could have had another one potentially on another day. They are both great players and it is fantastic to see them fit again and both back on the pitch."

At the weekend, Carroll scored twice against Swansea City in a match where Sakho may have forced his way into the line-up ahead of Valencia. 

The Frenchman came off the substitutes' bench to hammer home in the closing stages to score the final goal in the Hammers' 3-1 success and his link-up with Carroll caught the eye. 

The power of the pair caused no end of problems to the Swansea back-line, even though it was only for a small amount of minutes, and they have seemingly paired up well despite having little time to adjust to each-other's playing styles. 

The duo will be hoping to prove similarly as effective when West Ham take on Sunderland this weekend, as they look to consolidate their position in the top-four. 

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