By Matt Farr
West Ham striker Andy Carroll believes his side have too much quality to be relegated to the Championship this season.
The 27-year-old claimed that his side were not in a relegation battle, despite their precarious position in the Premier League.
The Hammers are 15th in the league, just four points clear of the bottom-three, having won just four of their 16 league games.
The players, as well as manager Slaven Bilic, have come under immense pressure and media scrutiny in recent weeks, particularly following heavy back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Arsenal – but Carroll insists that his side will come through unscathed.
He told TalkSport: “I wouldn’t say we are [in a relegation battle]. We’ve got too many good players and staff.
“Obviously the manager has had some people giving him stick as well as we’ve had, but I think we’ve got such a good dressing room with the staff and the players that I don’t think there’s any chance of us being in a battle at the bottom.”
Unfortunately for Carroll, history does not bode well with his claims that the club are “too good” to be relegated. Back in 2003, the club were relegated to the second-tier, despite a squad packed full of stars – including Paolo Di Canio, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe.
The England striker has missed the majority of the season with injury, but is ready to fight West Ham’s corner after returning to the starting line-up.
He has appeared largely as a substitute since his return to fitness, but could start up-front when West Ham take on Hull on Saturday. He managed 82 minutes against Burnley last time out.
A victory over Hull could see West Ham jump to 13th, and extend their cushion over the relegation zone to seven points.
In other West Ham news, Reece Oxford posted this message to fans on Twitter after signing a new long-term deal.