Andy Carroll has been backed to dominate West Brom’s defenders on Saturday by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown who has described the striker as ‘Tarzan’.
The 28-year-old is back from another injury that kept him on the sidelines and started the win over Huddersfield Town on Monday night for their first victory of the season.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is still working out a way to fit both Carroll and Javier Hernandez into the same starting line up, but Keown believes that Carroll is the sort of striker that West Ham needed to get them to winning ways.
In his Daily Mail column, Keown said: “The West Ham striker is like Tarzan flying through the air. He is utterly fearless and throws himself at the ball.
“On Saturday it will be West Brom’s defenders trying to find a way to block his flight path at set-pieces. He loves the rough-and-tumble of battling defenders.
“It is difficult to replicate the intensity of Carroll’s play in training. It looks like he gives super-human effort to everything he does on the field.
“The way he plays is so demanding on his body and he will only improve his fitness by playing more games.
“When Carroll is out injured, he is criticised as an expensive luxury. But when he is available, he completely changes the way West Ham play. Carroll is exactly what they needed to kick-start their season.”