Gold: What Andy Carroll thought when he heard about Europa League adventure

West Ham United co-owner and joint-chairman David Gold hopes the club have a positive but less strenuous pre-season.

West Ham United co-owner and joint-chairman David Gold explained in an interview with BBC Sport, how Andy Carroll took the news of the club’s involvement in the Europa League.

Carroll was injured for a large chunk of Sam Allardyce’s final season at the club and Gold has also told the BBC that he’s hoping the forward can take a full part in the club’s pre-season schedule, featuring in an early game.

“When he heard we were in the Europa League, he saw it as a great opportunity. It couldn't have come at a better time for him,” he said.

“I'm hoping we don't have to play all of our first team in the opening games. I would hope Andy will be playing in one of those early matches.”

Does Carroll fit into Bilic’s style?

It’s difficult to judge what to expect from a Slaven Bilic West Ham team because the club’s new manager hasn’t had a chance to work extensively with the players.

We won’t get an idea of the sort of football to expect from the team until the pre-season friendly games kick into action and the Europa League qualifiers get underway.

Carroll has the obvious ability to play as a target man and Bilic could use him to bully the opposition centre backs, creating more space for the midfielders flooding forward.

Signs of thinking ahead

It is encouraging for the club that Carroll appears to be thinking ahead about playing in Europe, as Gold implied to the BBC.

It’s an opportunity for not just him, but the rest of West Ham’s squad to get stuck in during an important competition, making an impression and forcing their way into Bilic’s long term thinking.

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