Dean Ashton believes Andy Carroll should play against Huddersfield Town on Monday
“Andy Carroll is extremely important to West Ham. He offers something completely different that not many strikers in the Premier League bring.“He gives you that focal point up front. The ball can go into him and people can feed off him. The wide players can give him a real chance
“We all want to see him link up with Chicharito! I put myself in Carroll’s shoes. Chicharito is exactly the type of player you want to play with.
“You know then that when the ball comes in, you can flick it on and he will anticipate it. If you get it down on your chest he will be around you, ready to receive it. He’s given you an option.
“There’s nothing worse than playing up front on your own and flicking it on to nobody. I think Carroll will be delighted to have a chance to play alongside someone who will anticipate his link play.”
Joe Hart is looking to put things right in front of the home supporters
“I’m happy and ready to work. The beautiful thing about football is that, when things have not gone so well for you individually or as a team, you get another opportunity to put things right. That’s what we’re going to be ready to do on Monday.
“We’re going to Rush Green, we’re going to train hard and it’s our duty to perform to the highest level in front of our great supporters.”
Slaven Bilic spoke about his transfer frustrations at the end of the window
“It didn’t happen because it didn’t happen. You know the stories. There was a lot in the media because of the transfer window we wanted some players, it didn’t happen and still I said, those players who missed the start of the season, part of the pre-season, when they get their fitness which will be very soon that we have a good team.
“I am concentrated on the team that we have so there’s no point in talking about the players we didn’t have.”
Ibrahim Tank, Ghana’s assistant coach, has rubbished reports that Andre Ayew challenged head coach Kwesi Appiah
“It’s not true that he [Andre Ayew] confronted Kwesi Appiah on why players like Wakaso Mubarak and Agyemang Badu were not given a call up for the game against Congo in the World Cup qualifiers.
“No player determines who must be selected to represent the country and who shouldn’t make the squad. If Ayew had indeed confronted coach Appiah as many people have reported, he would’ve told me of such incident.
“Meanwhile, he has not and nobody in the technical team has talked about such things so it’s not true that happened after the draw against Congo in Kumasi.”