West Ham can qualify for Europe, believes Carroll

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll thinks that the club has the potential to qualify for Europe this season as he prepares to return to training, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The East London club were among the favourites to struggle at the beginning of the campaign with manager Sam Allardyce under pressure from supporters to deliver a more attractive style of football as well as results, but a run of four wins in six matches since September has seen them move up to fourth place.

Key to their improved fortunes have been a number of summer signings, with Diafra Sakho proving prolific up front along with record buy Enner Valencia. Midfield duo Alexandre Song and Cheikhou Kouyate have also fitted in well, leading many to suggest that the Hammers’ current squad is their best for some time.

And Carroll, who has been forced to miss the first two and-a-half months of the season due to an ankle injury, is hopeful of European qualification. He said: “I think we can push right on for Europe. I don’t see why not – I think all the lads are positive about that and I know the gaffer is too.

“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.”

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