Slav drops big selection hint

duncan-ferguson-620-255633447Slaven Bilic may have dropped a big hint that Andy Carroll will get the shout to start upfront today by claiing big centre forwards are back in fashion.

And he adds that he and Romelu Lukaku are following in the footsteps of his former Everton team-mate Duncan Ferguson (top right).

The Belgium striker has scored six times in his last six games against West Ham, including a 93rd-minute winner in the East End in May and Bilic has backed Carroll to win back his England place if he retains his form and fitness.

Andy CarrollBilic said:  “Those strikers were like very popular when we played, now they are back in business.Everybody loves to have a big No 9 because the midfield is so thick and so closed that it is very difficult to go through there by passing.

“But they can’t be the one-dimensional players that they were 30 or 40 years ago. Now, they have to be versatile. They can’t be static. They have to be basically complete players like Drogba and Ibrahimovic.

“They are only old-fashioned because of their size. They are very quick and very mobile players for that size. That is why it is so hard to find them.”

Bilic signed for Everton from West Ham for a British record £4.5m fee for a defender in 1997 before Scot Ferguson left for Newcastle the following year.

“He was really underestimated,” Bilic recalled.

“All right, he said he wasn’t interested in playing for the national team and he was his own worst enemy.

“He’s an Everton legend, but he could have achieved a lot, lot more.


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2 comments on “Slav drops big selection hint

  1. Carols no lewandowski or abramovich,
    Styles have changed ,
    Hurst was a player of different stature, he could play long ball and short ball and also drive at defences with pace and puffin cheeks !!
    Carol needs to do the same , ?? Can he do it , can Bilic teach him to do it !?
    We will see.
    If not then January may be a calling cos Valencia ain’t gonna sit on his bum !!!
    Big big game today and carol needs to deliver if picked and I don’t mean just scoring a goal after playing a small part in the game, I just hope we don’t resort to HOOOOOO FFFF to bring him into the game ,
    That’s a ploy when chasing a game and an impact reaction , and not starting a game ?

    I can’t get last weeks game out of my head , was it because carol started and the tactics altered ? Or just a bad day?

  2. I have said all along I believe Carroll has the ability to play what ever way we choose to play but it’s up to him to put a fully committed stint in the same as Sakho has,
    It’s not all about scoring it’s about work ethic and team performance,
    Yes we have his hight when corners and free kicks become available but we need him to shield and hold the ball up and make runs without expecting to receive the ball
    Come on Andy you can do it

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