Andy Carroll will come up against his former club Liverpool for the first time on Saturday and West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful the striker is able to produce his best form in that clash.
The big number nine has been in great form of late and will be desperate to get on the scoresheet at Anfield, to potentially help his side complete a very rare double over the Merseyside giants.
Allardyce, though, is concerned the striker could try too hard against the team that deemed him not good enough which would be detrimental to his performance.
"I hope he doesn't try too hard because that can put you off your game,” the Hammers boss told the official club website.
“I'm sure Andy would like to score and we'll certainly do what we can to try and help him do that.”
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"I'm sure Andy would like to score and we'll certainly do what we can to try and help him do that"
Carroll’s time at Liverpool was underwhelming to say the least; he scored just six goals in 44 appearances for the club and they were quick to ship him off to east London despite having forked out £35 million for him.
However when fully fit and on his game the England international is almost unplayable and the Kop may fall victim to that this weekend.
NOTHING TO PROVE
“I certainly don't think he has anything to prove, everyone knows how good he is. He just needs to focus and prepare like he does for every game, keep a calm head and play his normal game,” Allardyce added.
Since returning from injury the 26-year-old has been in fine form, scoring five goals in 11 Premier League appearances and claiming a superb assist for the match-winning goal in their recent FA Cup tie against Bristol City.
It goes without saying that Carroll’s primary strengths lie in aerial duels and against a questionable Liverpool defence he’ll be able to wreak havoc.
The striker’s Hammers career has been ravaged with injury problems and lengthy spells on the treatment table but Carroll will be hoping that is all behind him now and he can kick on to help the team achieve their goals.
It’s clear to see that the Liverpool flop is hugely influential at Upton Park and at both ends of the pitch his contribution is invaluable. He deserves some good fortune following his torrid luck with injuries and a winning goal on Saturday would be sure to go down well.