Taking to his personal Twitter account, West Ham co-chairman David Gold has revealed that Andy Carroll is back training with the Hammers first-team squad, and has admitted he is delighted to see the forward in action.
I'm at the training ground today and it's great to see Andy Carroll working with the first team squad. dg pic.twitter.com/ciLlcJGAFq— David Gold (@davidgold) September 3, 2015
Carroll, 26, has not made an appearance for the Hammers since February of this year, when he played 35 minutes of a Premier League tie with Southampton. A problem with the ligaments in his knee kept him out of the game for the rest of that season, all of this pre-season, and he has only just started taking part in first-team training again.
Whilst not a top level striker, Carroll can be unplayable on his day, and his style of more direct attacking play adds an extra depth to Slaven Bilic’s squad.
Not one of West Ham’s other forwards possess the same skill set as Carroll, and although when fit he would not get into the team ahead of either Diafra Sakho or Enner Valencia, he would certainly be a better choice to call upon that deadline day signing Nikica Jelavic.
Carroll will have to prove to Bilic that he deserves a place in the first-team set-up, but he possesses the hard work ethic that the Croatian boss admires in his players. It promises to be an intriguing season for the striker, and with him back on the path to full fitness, Carroll can start to make his mark in the senior set-up in the coming weeks.