Slaven Bilic says this season is a massive one for Andy Carroll

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

The striker has managed to remain injury free in pre-season.

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

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the club’s official website that this season is a massive one for Andy Carroll.

The striker finally appears to have overcome the injury problems that have plagued him in recent years, starring towards the end of last season.

A hattrick in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal caught many people’s eyes, with some calling for England to include him as part of their squad for Euro 2016 as a result.

West Ham's Andy Carroll reactsWest Ham's Andy Carroll reacts

He has maintained his fitness across the summer and will be keen to make his mark with the Hammers next season as they seek to build on an impressive first year under Bilic.

And he has told the striker that this season is a massive one for him as he could be the 20-goal striker they need.

“It is a massive season for Andy Carroll,” he told the club’s official website.

“What gives us hope is that he has done the whole of pre-season. When you want to sign a striker who will score 20 goals a season if you look at his stats he can get you that.”

West Ham's And Carroll applauds their fans after being substitutedWest Ham's And Carroll applauds their fans after being substituted

It now remains to be seen if Carroll can stay injury free for the majority of the campaign and provide the Hammers with the goals they need.

If he does it will be interesting to see what role he plays with the additions of Andre Ayew and Jonathan Calleri meaning he may face a fight for first team football.

West Ham's Andy CarrollWest Ham's Andy Carroll

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