West Ham striker Andy Carroll reveals how Teddy Sheringham is helping him improve

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

West Ham United's Andy Carroll has praised the influence of ex-Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll notched his fifth goal of the season on Sunday with the opening goal against Hull City, and he's attributed most of his success to the influence of Tottenham legend Teddy Sheringham.

Sheringham, 48, is West Ham's attacking coach, and Carroll revealed to the press how the former Manchester United striker is helping him improve in front of goal, as reported by the Daily Star.

"That's what we've been doing in training with Teddy - a lot of finishing and following-up," said Carroll. "That is just another one of his sessions which happens, with Enner Valencia shooting and me following in and I had a little tap-in."

"I don't normally score many of them, so it was nice to get one! I feel good and five goals in eight games sounds good, so hopefully there is a lot more to come," he added, remarking on his goal against Hull, which came just as described - a Valencia shot was parried out, and Carroll was first to react to tap the ball home.

Gangly target man Carroll missed almost all of last season, but has come back firing this term, hitting five goals in just 11 starts for the Hammers.

Now 26, Carroll needs to make up for lost time. His £35m move to Liverpool was a disaster, and whilst that may have been predictable four years ago when he made the move to Anfield, he now needs to prove why Kenny Dalglish was so willing to pay that huge fee.

He has the perfect manager to do that under, with Sam Allardyce largely playing to Carroll's strengths on a regular basis. If he continues to score, Carroll will be in contention for an England recall, and he may well have Sheringham to thank for that.

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