West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole believes his team-mate Andy Carroll could one-day be just as good as Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, after the English midfielder revealed all the striker needs is confidence in his own ability.
Cole, who re-signed for West Ham from Liverpool back in January, has played with both Carroll and Drogba and he has stated that he believes Carroll could emulate the big Ivorian striker, who became a Premier League legend during his stint with the Stamford Bridge club and helped guide them to their first ever Champions League trophy after scoring the final penalty in the shoot-out against German outfit Bayen Munich.
The ex-Newcastle United striker suffered a torrid time at Liverpool after his whopping £35million move to The Reds and this summer he finally ended his Merseyside nightmare by completing his £15million move to Upton Park on a permanent basis.
Cole played alongside Drogba during their Chelsea days and he has now played with Carroll at both Liverpool and West Ham and he believes that there is no reason to why he couldn't become just as good as Drogba.
The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder admitted that once Carroll finds confidence, he is a nightmare for defenders and he believes he will now be ready to break into the England starting line-up ready for next year's World Cup.
"I played with him at Liverpool and West Ham and the player that is at West Ham is full of confidence, energy and aggression, and everyone can see what a good player he is," Cole told The Sun.
"He had a difficult time at Liverpool but the West Ham Andy Carroll is a real handful and a top player. he'll be looking at getting himself in the England squad now.
"He can be anything he wants to be. You can look at a Drogba, that's the level he can get to."
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