Sam Allardyce has high hopes for the club’s record signing.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed his joy at signing Andy Carroll and has laid out the plans he has for the striker’s future at Upton Park.
Carroll became the Hammers’ record signing when he joined for £15.4m on Wednesday, as well as landing a hefty £100,000-a-week contract in east London.
With such a large financial outlay on the former Liverpool and Newcastle forward Allardyce is expecting big things from his new man and believes Carroll has a promising international future.
“We expect him to enhance his reputation even further with West Ham and become one of the major strikers in the country and become an England regular,” the Irons boss told the club’s website.
“The size of the contract is a statement of West Ham’s belief in Andy and Andy’s belief in West Ham.
“We are going to rely on him heavily to produce on a regular basis so he has pressure from that point of view.
“I told him we will improve him at West Ham while we’re at the helm and will give him a chance to become a better player. It will reap rewards for us all.”
Carroll has had a torrid time since he became the most expensive British player in history in January 2011, when Liverpool paid out £35m for the then Newcastle striker.
At St James’ Park the 24-year-old scored 11 goals in 18 Premier League matches upon the Magpies return to the English top tier, before Reds manager at the time Kenny Dalglish came knocking.
Two-and-a-half years on Merseyside followed in which Carroll managed just four league goals, before being loaned to West Ham at the start of 2012/13.
Since impressing at Upton Park Allardyce has clearly decided to reignite the Englishman’s career and is hoping he can live up to already having over £50m spent on him in transfer fees.