Slaven Bilic explains what advice he has given West Ham United striker Andy Carroll

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has struggled with injuries ever since arriving at the Boleyn Ground.

Slaven Bilic has explained to the Guardian that he does not intend to tell Andy Carroll to be any less aggressive in his playing style.

Carroll has suffered a number of injury problems over recent years, and it has caused him to miss out on a lot of football since arriving at Upton Park.

However, Bilic is of the opinion that the target-man must keep his all-action style, otherwise he will lose too much of what makes him such a threat. 

“I don’t want to tame him because then he wouldn’t be Andy Carroll,” Bilic said in the Guardian.

“We try to protect him in other ways – we didn’t try to force him back after 10 days or one week because he was out for seven months. I told him he has to go slowly because he is the type of player to go in and fight but I don’t want him to change his style of play because that is his biggest quality.”

Carroll is currently being eased back into the first-team fold at West Ham, after missing pre-season through injury. 

The 26-year-old has made three substitute appearances so far this campaign, as he looks to regain match sharpness after spending so much time on the treatment table of late. 

Carroll was only fit enough to play 16 times last term, and he still has managed just 35 appearances since joining the Hammers back in 2013. 

When on field he has generally impressed, but he will keen to have a sustained run of games in the first-team line-up, to show exactly what he can do. 

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