Sakho/Valencia presssure facing Carroll


andy-carrollDavid Gold believes it will do Andy Carroll the world of good to know that he has some pretty fierce competition around when he is fit to return to action.

So much hope and expectation was piled on the striker’s shoulder last season that West Ham were at times a one man team – that is clearly no longer the case.

With Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho looking a really strong partnership in the making, the return of AC is not as urgent perhaps as it was 12 months ago.

The board are clearly delighted with their summer signings and although Valencia’s goals grabbed all the Monday night headlines, Sakho is set to have a real impact.

Gold said – speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh : “Sakho has a great attitude and is delighted to get his chance with his us. The boy works his socks off up front and looks a find.

“Enner is our marquee signing of course and looks a real handful so obviously there will be a lot of competition for places when AC is back.

“He will thrive on that – the boy is a total professional and will know that a situation such as this ios great for the future of the football club.

“Andy is keen to get his international place back and that means getting his West Ham place nailed down and it will be great that he has the competition around to get the very best from him.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • philtheiron says:

    I totally agree with DG, the latest transfer window has not only been the best for the club but also for Andy Carroll.
    Not only does it take the spotlight /pressure of him but it will improve him as a player by having quality strikers and players around him.
    Also there is no need to rush AC back or play him while carrying injuries which can only be good for Andy and the club.

    At the end of last season and during the summer I hoped that the club would be able to recruit enough quality that the injury to Carroll,would keep disruption to the club to a minimum.
    I think we can safely say all our hopes have been realised, and some!
    But who would have thought we would have two £12-15 million strikers? And that we would be developing the style of attacking football we are now playing?
    All with AC to come back! Get in! COYI!

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