The former Upton Park striker remembers Sheringham well from his own time at the club and says: “He brought my game on a hell of a lot.”
Speaking to the official site at www.whufc.com Ashton declared: “Teddy was here when I first joined West Ham and I learned a huge amount from him,”
“He brought on my game a hell of a lot and I’m sure he will do the same with the likes of Andy Carroll with the experience he’s got.
“Not too many players have played as many games and scored the goals he has done in the Premier League.
He will admit that he never had a huge amount of pace, but the way he read the game and got himself into position when crosses came in was superb.
That’s what I learned from him – where to move when the ball was in certain areas and how to make the most of myself.
I didn’t have a lot of pace myself, but I was then able to make the most of opportunities that I learned from Teddy.”