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26th Dec, 2016 | 11:04am

Redknapp: This player can save West Ham season (not Payet)

By Dominic Toner

Jamie Redknapp believes that West Ham need a fit Andy Carroll in the second half of the season.

The 27-year-old has been extremely unfortunate with injuries during his career and missed 15 games of this campaign with a knee injury.

The forward made his comeback in December and has scored just once in four games, but is recognised as the club’s best attacking option.

The Hammers are currently 13th in the Premier League table and have been underachieving this season, with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini falling just short of their high standards.

Redknapp claims that West Ham need “quite simply, a fit Andy Carroll” if they are to improve in 2017, in his column in the Mail.

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The West Ham manager is enduring a frustrating season and his side have been unable to match their seventh-placed finish last year.

They have scored just 19 goals in their 17 league games and have been sloppy in front of goal.

Loan signings Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza have failed to impress fans, while youngster Ashley Fletcher is still developing his game.

Carroll is the most senior striker in the West Ham squad and could play a major role in the rest of the season if he can avoid injury.

The Englishman has scored 24 goals in 100 appearances for the Hammers and would benefit hugely from a run of games in the side.

West Ham have won their last two consecutive games and Carroll will hope to extend that run on Boxing Day against Swansea.

In other West Ham news, Michael Owen has given his prediction of the upcoming match against Swansea.