Carroll makes immediate impact

By Giles Broadbent on September 4, 2012 11:47 AM |


Andy Carroll made such a significant impact on West Ham's strike force that, after he limped off with a hamstring injury, Sam Allardyce was already feeling his absence.

The new No.8 linked up well with Kevin Nolan in a confident and hungry display that suggests the loan spell could prove providential for both parties.

Aside from the injury, that kept Carroll out of the England squad, the only cloud is the threat that luckless Brendan Rodgers, for so long touting the striker round the Premier League, may call him back to boost the beleaguered Liverpool outfit.

After the 3-0 rout of Fulham, Allardyce confirmed the player's immediate status suggesting he could power the Hammers to a top 10 finish - once he recovers from an injury that could keep him out of the Norwich game.

"Andy's going to be our main man and you've got to get people supporting him. I thought the support from Matt Taylor and Ricardo Vaz Te was superb alongside Momo Diame. I also really liked the industry of Mark Noble, who started most things going."