West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the ability of England striker Andy Carroll after his first competitive goal since April in last weekend’s FA Cup win over Birmingham.
Former Man City boss Pellegrini spoke of Carroll’s qualities as speculation about the forward’s future has mounted in recent months.
A catalogue of serious injuries have hampered the forward’s progress at West Ham and his contract expires at the end of the season, so he will be desperate for some game time in the second half of this season to prove his worth.
“We are very happy with how Andy played,” Pellegrini told whufc.com.
“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.”