“The manager's words [in the summer] were 'we can't be having you 60 per cent, we need you 100 per cent — take your time’,” said the former Newcastle United striker. “Take as long as I need, and that's exactly what I've done.”
Carroll has struggled with injuries for the past two years and has been able to start just 73 Premier League matches since joining Liverpool back in January 2011.
The England international is a good striker and adds a different dimension to the Hammers’ attack, and he will be important for the London outfit as the season progresses.
The 26-year-old is now fully fit, and it seems that hard work and patience have paid off. Carroll has scored one goal and created two chances in six Premier League appearances so far this season.
It was also great of Bilic, who was appointed the West Ham manager in the summer, to be patient with Carroll for the past few months.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle striker is not guaranteed a place in the Hammers’ starting lineup, but he will be determined to show what he is capable of when he is given the chance.