Pellegrini eager to see more from Carroll
West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini has been quick to praise Andy Carroll and he admits he could play a huge part in the club's future.
The former Newcastle United striker scored for the first time since April 2018 when he helped the club beat Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Carroll netted a month after returning from an ankle injury and Pellegrini will be hoping to mix up his attack for the rest of the season.
He believes Carroll's size and ability in the air will help him potentially earn a new deal with the Hammers.
The Chilean told the club's official website: "We are very happy with how Andy played. If you review his game, he scored, his play was good and he missed another chance to score, he cleared two or three aerial duels in our box, so in the way he plays he will return to be the player we know he can be.
"I never had any doubt Andy Carroll wants to stay here. He is happy here, he wants to play for the club, he is happy in London and he doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to play like every player, but he must be patient. When you come back from a long injury and you are not competing weekly, you have to be careful not to get another injury.
"That’s why we are giving him some amount of minutes every game. I think if he recovers his shape and continues working every day of the week without any injuries there are not too many players with his quality."
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