Wednesday 29 October 2014 15:01, UK
Andy Carroll says he cannot wait to get back into the first team at West Ham and believes he could thrive on the service provided by full-back Aaron Cresswell.
Carroll has not played for the Hammers this season because of an ankle injury but his manager Sam Allardyce said recently that the 25-year-old striker could be back in action during the next few weeks.
The east London club are currently fourth in the table and last Saturday beat reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park.
Cresswell whips them in and puts them on a plate.
They have also beaten last year’s runners-up Liverpool and Carroll has praised the recent performances of Cresswell.
He told the West Ham website: "We scored three headers at Burnley, and another on Saturday against City with Cresswell crossing the ball in. He whips them in and puts them on a plate.
"The service that everyone is putting in the box to create chances has been great. That's what I thrive on. I can't wait to be involved with that."
As for their great start to the campaign, Carroll added: "I think we can push right on for Europe. We're playing fantastically.
“The gaffer has signed some great players and we're showing the quality we've got with the goals we're scoring. That's why we are where we are in the league."
Regarding the return of Carroll, Allardyce said recently: "We'll try to get him through three or four behind-closed-doors games and if that goes all right then we would hope to have him back.
“It's been a long, hard road again for Andy and one he's been too familiar with recently, sadly. Hopefully he'll have a major impact when he comes back again."