West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes that Andy Carroll is only going to get better.
The 25-year-old England international returned to competitive action last month following months out with ankle ligament injury.
Carroll is not guaranteed a place in West Ham’s starting line-up, but Allardyce is confident that his English compatriot will get better and better as the season progresses.
"I think he's still getting back to full fitness and he can get better once he's 100% ready,” West Ham’s official website quotes him as saying. “He’s had a long layoff and only a handful of games played.
“His confidence will get better the more he plays, his goals will help that too. Certainly in the games he's played so far have been good and I think there's more to come.”
Carroll is a very good striker and he will be raring to turn on the style, but the problem for him is that this time West Ham are not dependent on him.
Diafra Sakho has been superb for the Hammers since signing in the summer transfer window, while Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate have chipped in as well. Then there is Carlton Cole, who remains an important part of the West Ham team.
However, against Swansea Carroll showed what he can bring to the team. If the 25-year-old is given his chances and he is able to score regularly, then he is certainly going to play into Allardyce’s plans as the season progresses.