Slaven Bilic backs Andy Carroll for a great season on one condition

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

The West Ham striker scored two goals in Sunday's defeat to Juventus.

West Ham's Andy Carroll in action with Juventus' Dani AlvesWest Ham's Andy Carroll in action with Juventus' Dani Alves

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has backed Andy Carroll for a great season if he can avoid injury, speaking to the Express.

The striker was in fine form for the Hammers on Sunday as they took on Serie A champions at the Olympic Stadium.

He bagged both of their goals in the 3-2 defeat to Massimiliano Allegri’s side and was a menace throughout to the experienced Juve defence.

West Ham's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their first goalWest Ham's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their first goal against Juventus 

His show of form and fitness comes as a massive boost to Bilic as he continues his search for a new striker in this summer transfer window.

And the Hammers boss says that if he can stay fit, Carroll is in line for a great season.

“If Andy plays like he did and score likes that there are not many players that can do that week in and out,” he told the Express.

“He proved once more that we are right to count on him. He is a top quality player. If he stays away from injuries then he has a great chance to have a great season.”

West Ham's Andy Carroll shakes hands with manager Slaven Bilic as he is substitutedWest Ham's Andy Carroll shakes hands with manager Slaven Bilic as he is substituted

It remains to be seen if Carroll can maintain his fitness this season after a frustrating couple of seasons on that front.

There is no denying his quality when he is fit, as he showed in the second half of last season and in this game.

Should he manage to maintain it that would be a huge boost to the Hammers, whose weakest area is arguably up front at present.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the gameWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

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