Sam Allardyce comments on Andy Carroll's goalscoring form

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

The West Ham United boss praised his forward for his recent goalscoring form, and says a former Manchester United and Tottenham striker may have had a helping hand.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that Andy Carroll's recent goalscoring form is down to work the forward has done on the training ground with Teddy Sheringham

Carroll has been in decent form for his club this season and managed to get on the scoresheet again yesterday to open the scoring in a 3-0 win over Hull City at the Boleyn Ground.

In an interview with TalkSport, the Hammers' boss said: “Andy has now scored five in the last eight league games so he’s starting to become more prolific with his goalscoring ability. It was a very good goalscorer’s goal against Hull City.

“He followed the shot in from Enner Valencia. It was spilled by the keeper and he has got that little tap in.

“It shows he’s building his awareness and, probably, the sort of stuff Teddy [Sheringham] is talking to him about is helping.”

  PositionTeamGoals% Goals Are Left Foot Shots% Goals Are Right Foot ShotsAppearancesMins Played
Andy Carroll FW West Ham 5 60% 0% 12 929

Carroll has had a reputation of being something of a target man, but the statistics that 60% of his goals this season are with his left foot demonstrate a little more to his game. His effort against Hull was an example of good anticipation and opportunism as he followed Enner Valencia's strike which was fumbled by Allan McGregor in the Hull City goal.

Then there is his strike in last weekend's draw against Swansea City which suggests that he possesses more technical ability than he is perhaps given credit for. 

Of course, Carroll possesses great aerial threat, but as Allardyce has pointed out this season, there is a little more to his game. It may be down to working with Teddy Sheringham, but is also showing anticipation as well of awareness of what is going on in the football field, and a player with a good attitude is prepared to learn and improve his game.

It will be interesting to see if that statistical trait when it comes to Carroll's goals continues between now and the end of the campaign.

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