John Hartson explains what Slaven Bilic has told him about Andy Carroll

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is back playing consistent football.

Speaking to talkSPORT, John Hartson has admitted that he has held talks with Slaven Bilic about West Ham striker Andy Carroll, and has heard that the striker works exceptionally hard in training with the hammers.

He said: “Slaven Bilic tells me that he can’t get him [Carroll] off the training ground. He’s enthusiastic and desperate to play games.”

Carroll has spent much of his time at West Ham injured, but he is now back at full fitness, and looks raring to go as a first-team striker.

He is behind Diafra Sakho in Bilic’s pecking order of strikers, but has shown his goalscoring worth to the side, and if he continues to impress the head coach, he should be given more chances to play.

Carroll seems well aware of this fact, and according to Hartson, he is always trying hard in training, and is keen to continue improving so he always gets to play.

The English international wants to be part of the team, and his work rate and attitude are second to none, and it is just a shame that his time since joining the Hammers on a permanent deal has mostly been spent injured.

Now that he has been nursed back to health, and looks to be over any long-term injury issues, it is just up to Carroll to fight for his place back in Bilic’s starting line-up

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