Stan Collymore suggests 4-4-2 could solve West Ham’s Andy Carroll conundrum

West Ham boss Bilic is searching for a way to utilise Andy Carroll correctly.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has suggested a way that West Ham could utilise Andy Carroll to his best strengths, diverting from their 4-2-3-1 system to play with two strikers upfront.

Collymore said: “Could they play with two up top? Leicester City have been doing it all season, and look what’s happened to them. Is there any way that West Ham could have Payet playing off both Sakho and Carroll, or is Carroll surplus to requirements and should [Bilic] look to shift him on.”

Leicester and Watford are two teams who have been playing with two strikers upfront this season, and both are doing it to great effect.

Jamie Vardy has excelled due to the space gifted to him by Shinji Okazaki’s clever running, whilst Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo share a frightening mix of power, precision and finishing ability which has scared a number of defences.

Due to the overriding influence of lone striker systems over the past few years, it is almost as if defences have forgotten how to deal with a strike partnership, and the Hammers could benefit playing this style due to Carroll’s obvious strengths.

As a target man, there are few better forwards in the Premier League, but he needs a player running off him to benefit from the space he creates and the aerial duels he wins.

Collymore has suggested that Diafra Sakho could play alongside Carroll, and although Sakho us currently out of action, it is certainly a bold idea. The striker duo would seemingly be perfectly suited to playing alongside one another, with Dimitri Payet sitting in a wide midfield role to send balls into them.

Right now, the Hammers would have to try this system with both Payet and Sakho out of action, but when they are fit again, a 4-4-2 could be the perfect way for Carroll to finally have a positive impact at the Boleyn Ground.

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