West Ham striker Andy Carroll claims no defender can stop him when he’s fully fit and playing, ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester United.
The England international has been plagued by injuries over the past five seasons and has become somewhat of a forgotten man in the English Premier League.
However, his hat-trick against Arsenal at the weekend reminded fans what the former Newcastle man is capable of, with some even calling for him to be considered as a potential wildcard for Roy Hodgson in England’s Euro 2016 squad.
“I like to say that if the ball comes in the box I feel I am favourite,” the 27-year-old told The Telegraph.
“I don’t think that anyone else is going to get it – so if that is unplayable, I am unplayable.
“I think it’s all about timing. If you get the timing right and the jump right you are the favourite – it doesn’t matter how tall you are,” Carroll added.
“If I go in the box I am going to get marked and held. I don’t get many pens from someone holding on to me! It’s pointless, a waste, so I just try to stay out as late as possible and read the flight of the ball. Soon as I have read the flight, I know if I am going to make it or not.”