Bilic: No other English striker is like West Ham’s Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll has returned to playing with West Ham.

Hammers boss Bilic saw Carroll come off the bench to score the winning goal against Chelsea, and he has told the Standard that England boss Roy Hodgson should call upon the striker as his talents are singular in English football.

Bilic said: “All of our English players are doing well enough to hope they get a call-up. Andy Carroll’s quality has never been in doubt. Some things Andy can give you, I don’t know which other English striker has them. He is almost impossible to mark in the box but he can also link up play. He thinks about the game a lot. England could use that.”

Carroll’s main game is all based around his physicality, but rather than being a simple target man, the former Newcastle and Liverpool striker is also surprisingly creative.

He can link up play, as well as lead the line, and Carroll excels at many of the traits which make him a perfect lone forward in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Now that he is back playing, and scoring, Carroll will be hoping to continue his form with West Ham and break into the England side ahead of Euro 2016.

He offers something that no other striker can, and Hodgson should look at him ahead of the Euro’s to provide a different sort of threat. The aerial ability of all England’s strikers is severely lacking, and Carroll is arguably the best header of the ball in the entire Premier League.

Carroll looks to be getting back to his best, and West Ham are set to benefit over the coming months. And if he can start to hit top form, England should be befitting from Carroll’s strengths next summer.

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