Andy Carroll: Why Slaven Bilic’s appointment has given me a ‘great feeling’ at West Ham

West Ham forward Andy Carroll believes Bilic’s attacking style of football can be great for him.

The Hammers forward missed much of the last campaign due to injury, but he has told the official club website that he is excited to get started under new head coach Slaven Bilic, due to his attacking style of play.

Carroll said: “I think it has been a great appointment. I have spoken to the lads and everyone seems to be happy with it. He plays a lot of attacking football and I have seen the teams he has been coaching and they love to go out and attack.

“That is a great feeling for me and I cannot wait to get started.”

Bilic has certainly shown to favour an offensive style of play, and Carroll could be the West Ham player to benefit most from his appointment at the Boleyn Ground.

At Besiktas, his most recent club, Demba Ba was utilised as something of a target man, and whilst Diafra Sakho and Enner Valenca could fulfil that role, Carroll is one of the best headers of the ball in the entire Premier League.

He is great at holding the ball up and overpowering opposition defenders, whilst his finishing ability is good at Premier League level as well.

It is that kind of player that Bilic will look to utilise at the Boleyn Ground, if his past is anything to go by, and after Carroll’s disappointing campaign, he will be looking to start afresh under the Croatian boss.

Having suffered from a long-term injury last term, Carroll has spent much of this summer training to recover in time for pre-season, and if he can start the campaign by impressing Bilic, it gives the 26-year-old a great chance to establish himself in the Hammers starting line-up.

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