Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been singing the praises of West Ham United striker Andy Carroll.
England international Carroll has recently returned to first-team action after months out with ankle ligament injury, but he has already started to fire in the goals.
The 25-year-old scored twice for West Ham in their 3-1 home win against Swansea City in the Premier League last weekend, and Carragher believes that his former Liverpool teammate will be a handful for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today.
“I know from experience that when Andy Carroll is in the mood and he gets the right kind of service, he is unplayable,” Carragher wrote in The Daily Mail. “He is a nightmare for defenders to handle.
“John O’Shea and Wes Brown, then, will be bracing themselves for what is headed in their direction this afternoon at the Stadium of Light. Carroll was outstanding in West Ham’s win over Swansea last week and he will want to build on it...
"Sunderland’s defenders had a straightforward afternoon at Anfield seven days ago when keeping a clean sheet but if Carroll is in the frame of mind he showed against Swansea, it will be anything but for Gus Poyet’s men.”
Carroll is likely to start for West Ham against Sunderland today, and he will indeed be looking to build on his brilliant performance against Swansea.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle United star’s strength in the air was evident against the Swans, and that is one aspect of his game that the Black Cats defenders need to be wary of.
The Englishman is not a ‘£35 million striker’, but he is certainly a very good player who can be a real menace to opposition defenders.
Sunderland players could find that out the hard way today.