Tony Cottee explains the importance of Andy Carroll for West Ham

Tony Cottee

The former Hammers striker knows that West Ham will occasionally need a plan B.

West Ham United are currently enjoying an excellent run of form under new manager Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers are flying high in the Premier League and won at the weekend against Chelsea at Upton Park.

It was a tight affair against Chelsea, despite the Premier League champions being reduced to ten men when Nemanja Matic saw a second yellow card.

Gary Cahill had equalised for Chelsea after Mauro Zarate's early opener but the winning goal came courtesy of Andy Carroll.

His goal certainly got the approval of a man who knows a thing or two about scoring goals for West Ham.

Tony Cottee played for West Ham in two separate spells in his career, scoring nearly 150 goals in his time with the club and nowadays he works mainly as a TV pundit for Sky Sports.

He had this to say about the striker in his London24 column:

"It was great to see Andy Carroll come on and score the winner on Saturday. I have always rated the big man and he does give you another option and an effective one too.

"You can’t always score goals like Barcelona, sometimes you just have to throw it into the box and see what happens and with Sakho and Carroll in there, something can always happen."

Carroll certainly provides an excellent plan B option in tough situations such as the one they found themselves in v Chelsea.

All it took was one good delivery from Aaron Cresswell and Carroll did the rest.

West Ham fans will be hoping this is just the start for Carroll after his injury nightmares of late and that goals will soon flow.

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