Andy handy for Hammers

Big Andy Carroll has completed his move from Liverpool to West Ham, where boss Sam Allardyce obviously has more faith in him than ┬áBrendan Rodgers, at Anfield, had. Hammers fans may be alarmed at the prospect of the muscular, raw-boned Carroll as their attack leader, fearing his signing signals a direct, no-nonsense style of play. Let me reassure them that I don’t think that will be the case. Carroll can cause mayhem in the air, but he is, in fact, quite tidy with the ball at his feet and, though he obviously gives West Ham options with his size and strength, that doesn’t mean the team will not play attractively. I watched them a lot last season and they were far from the most direct team in the division. Oh, and Carroll can gallop a bit, too. He is deceptively quick. But he doesn’t score a lot of goals, which is why Big Sam is looking to sign another striker.