By Derek Smithson
Ian Wright has hailed the importance of striker Andy Carrol to West Ham and stated that he can still make a positive impact on the team even when he suffers dips in form.
The 28-year-old made his return from a fifth-month injury lay-out on Monday night and helped the Hammers pick up their first points of the season against Huddersfield.
Slaven Bilic’s side had lost their opening three matches in the league, but beat the Terriers 2-0 at the London Stadium as Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew were on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Carroll started on his return to the side and looked impressive during his 82-minute role in the league clash.
The big centre-forward was a physical presence at the top of the attack and won numerous aerial battles with the Huddersfield defenders.
However, he is now always the most pleasing player on the eye and has always struggled for consistency in his game.
Wright has highlighted how important the nine-time capped England international is for West Ham and claimed he still plays a big role even when he is not at the races.
“Andy Carroll makes a difference and that’s what you need,” Wright said on the Premier League debate show. “Andy Carroll brings something even if it’s not going for him that brings the lads along with him. He makes a massive difference to them when he is playing.”
Carroll has been plagued by injury throughout his career, but will be hoping for an extended return in the side following his latest recovery.
The striker managed just 22 appearances last season across all competitions, but still managed to chip in with seven goals.
He is recognised for being strong in the air and also his quick thinking in the penalty area.
Carroll does face competition in the starting line-up following the summer arrival of Javier Hernandez, but the pair both started in the win over Huddersfield.
In other West Ham news, Jermaine Jenas has explained why the club’s fans should be fearful despite the Huddersfield win.