Matthew Etherington gives his take on Nikica Jelavic - and makes a surprise Andy Carroll claim

Nikica Jelavic

The former West Ham winger has been discussing the east London club's strikers.

Former West Ham United winger Matthew Etherington has taken to Twitter to give his verdict on Nikica Jelavic.

And the 34-year-old feels the Croatian striker is a proven goalscorer but will only be used as an impact substitute at Upton Park.

Jelavic joined the Hammers on Deadline Day but will have to compete with Diafra Sakho, Mauro Zarate, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia (in no particular order) for a place in the West Ham side.

That said, injuries to each of the forwards could give him increased game time.

Meanwhile, Etherington also made a surprise claim on social media about Carroll.

The 26-year-old has struggled badly for fitness since joining West Ham but, at his best, is unstoppable in east London. In order to get the best out of the target man, however, the Hammers have to adapt their whole side and system.

But, even with that in mind, Etherington feels Carroll is a better forward than the prolific Diafra Sakho...

When the former winger was greeted with understandable disagreement, he clarified and confirmed his views on Carroll, stating that he is the best striker at West Ham when fully fit.

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