David Gold says West Ham's Andy Carroll is 'one of the best'

Andy Carroll may be sidelined for the start of the upcoming campaign, but co-owner David Gold insists he is still an important figure at Upton Park.

Answering questions on Twitter on Wednesday night, West Ham United’s co-owner David Gold named Andy Carroll as one of the players he expects to play an important role for the club in the 2015/16 campaign. 

Despite enduring an injury-blighted career with the Hammers so far, following a big-money move from Liverpool, Gold has underlined the importance of the England international to the club's cause – amid speculation linking him with a move to pastures new, as reported by the Mirror.

Challenged by supporters on the former Newcastle United man's fitness record, he wrote: “He’s not ‘never’ fit, he has scored some important goals for us. He could come back from injury and surprise us all.

“I never said he was reliable, but he is a valuable member of our strikeforce and when fit is one of the best.”

The Hammers fans witnessed glimpses of Carroll's form last term as he scored five goals in 15 Premier League appearances.

However, having suffered yet another injury setback which ruled him out for the last few months of the season, he is not expected to return to first-team action for West Ham until the middle of October - according to the Independent.

Despite his lengthy spell on the sidelines, he will take comfort from Gold's comments, suggesting that he will be an important part of the club's future plans under new boss Slaven Bilic.

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