Dean Ashton makes a big claim about Carroll, BBC pundit praises West Ham boss

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll scored a hat-trick for West Ham United against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon said on BBC Radio 5 live on Saturday afternoon (13:43) that West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic made the right decision in playing Andy Carroll from the start against Arsenal.

Carroll is not guaranteed a place in the West Ham starting lineup, but he featured against the Gunners in the Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon.

The England international striker had a great game, as he scored twice in the closing stages of the first half to make it 2-2.

Former Bolton Wanderers and Celtic boss was following the match, and he was impressed with Bilic’s decision to play Carroll.

"Great decision by Bilic to play Andy Carroll,” said Lennon on BBC Radio 5 live on Saturday afternoon (13:43). “He’s totally justified his inclusion. We have got a really good second half to look forward to.”

Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton was also impressed with Carroll, especially with the way he headed home his first goal from a cross from Aaron Cresswell.

“I am not exaggerating,” said the Englishman on BT Sport 1 at half time during their coverage of the match. “He is the best in the world at this if you get the delivery right.”

Carroll scored in the opening minutes of the second half to complete his hat-trick against the Gunners.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle United man is a decent striker, and perhaps his goals against Arsenal will help him get into the England squad for the Euro 2016 finals.

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