Andy Carroll wants more at West Ham United

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The striker says he is determined to be the leading man for the Hammers.

Andy Carroll insists he is not happy with a bit role at West Ham United, in comments to the club’s official website.

The striker has spent the vast majority of the season on the treatment table, with injuries having limited his game time once again.

However, he is now back and fully fit, with last weekend seeing him start against Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground.

He was in top form too as he bagged only his second career hattrick in a scintillating 3-3 draw between the two sides.

That was as good a claim for a regular starting place as any, and he admits that he wants to be the main man in the middle.

“It’s been tough not starting but it’s worked well and I’ve done the right thing in training to keep myself fit,” he told whufc.com.

“But it’s not the place I want to be. I want to be the main man in the middle. It’s his [Bilic’s] decision to make the team and I’ve just got to fight for it in training and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

“It’s something I’ve got to work for and when I get a start like I did at the weekend, I’ve got to show him what I’m all about.”

If Carroll can continue in the form he showed against Arsenal, then Slaven Bilic will be more than keen to keep giving him his chance.

As has been mentioned by many, a player of his size and ability in the air brings something very different to the side, with many defenders unaccustomed to his style of play.

That could prove the difference, with West Ham sure to use any advantage they can to ensure they can cap off a positive season with a top four finish the FA Cup, or potentially both.

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