Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are set to develop a good partnership as he studies his ” fabulous” options.
Following the 2-0 win over Leicester City, the manager said: “He’s (Carroll) match fit now. At last’
He’s there and him and Sakho will develop a good partnership. If it’s not Sakho and Carroll it could be Valencia and Carroll.
“ “I think him [Carroll] and Sakho will develop a good partnership. If it’s not him and Sakho, it might be Enner Valencia. If it’s not Andy Carroll it might be Valencia and Sakho, who did brilliantly before Andy got back.
“My options are fabulous at this moment in time. It might be the reason, with Carlton Cole and Mauro Zarate as well, that we’ve stayed where we are – because when they do get in they know they’re going to have to score and if they stop scoring, they’re not going to stay in.
“If the strikers stop scoring they’re not going to be in. Those guys are scoring goals on a regular basis for us, I think we’re the fourth-highest leading scorers in the Premier League which suits the position we’re in.”
At the other end of the pitch Allardyce watched Adrian perform brilliantly but merely said: ““it’s what he’s there for. When not being tested or too busy the concentration level of a goalkeeper is critical for when needed.
“I was listening to Gary Neville on Monday Night Football and he did a piece on De Gea. Because he’s from Spain, there’s a lot of similarities in how they keep goal. He’s made a couple of saves today and a few that were at the right point to help us win the game.”
Allardyce added that James Tomkins has suffered a slight hamstring injury and added: “It was precautionary to bring him off in case he made a sprint and it went to a serious hamstring.”