Andy Carroll: Three stars can keep me out of the West Ham team

The West Ham striker knows competition for places will be tough under Sam Allardyce.

West Ham United forward Andy Carroll is under no illusions - he knows he will have to fight to keep his place in Sam Allardyce's side.

And Carroll admits each of West Ham's strikers in Carlton Cole, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho (as well as himself) are 'equally as important.'

“Everyone is part of the team and we all play to the same sort of style. The nine goals before the Swansea game were scored by nine different players, so anyone who has been in the side has been scoring," the West Ham striker told Sport Magazine.

"I’m aware that we have other strikers who can do the same jobs as me. When I was injured, Carlton Cole, Enner Valencia and and Diafra Sakho were all up there doing a job. Everyone’s equally as important.”

Meanwhile, on criticism of his style, Carroll said:

“Yeah, you get a bit of stick for putting the ball in the air and heading it. But it’s just another weapon, you know?

"Obviously we can pass it and open teams up, because we have been doing that this season. But we have a lot of players who are good in the air as well, so we’re going to use that."

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