Bilic responds to Sam Allardyce’s criticism of Andy Carroll

Sunderland boss Allardyce criticised West Ham striker Andy Carroll.

Allardyce took to Sky Sports to criticises Carroll’s work rate and attitude, but speaking to the official West Ham website, Slaven Bilic has dismissed these claims with strong praise for the striker.

Bilic said: “I heard what he [Allardyce] said, when I arrived Andy was injured but he’s been working unbelievably hard to get fit. He’s a great professional, it’s hard when you’re working on your own every day but he did it. Since I’ve been here, in training and during his rehabilitation, he’s been top class.”

Allardyce claimed that Carroll could be a better player than he is currently if he was to improve his attitude and work rate, telling Sky that the forward needs to understand the fleeting nature of a football career.

Allardyce said: “Andy could be an even better player if he pushed himself and put the work in. He needs to be more responsible and realise that a football career passes in the blink of an eye.”

However, Bilic has dismissed these claims, stating that he is a great professional, and is working as hard as he can to get back to full fitness after a number of injury issues.

He missed all of pre-season due to a long-term issue, and is currently undergoing some more fitness problems despite only just returning to action.

When Carroll is back to his full fitness, he has a great ability at goalscoring, and will rightfully fight for the starting striker’s spot in Bilic’s set-up.

He may not be as much of a hard working runner as Diafra Sakho or Enner Valencia, but his physical ability is unmatched in the Premier League, and the English international will give Bilic another option if he needs to chance tactics.

Carroll has come under much criticism in his career, but his work rate and attitude are two things which have never been doubted, and it is good to see Bilic confirm that Carroll is working as hard as ever to get back to his best.

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