When looking back over what we must take as a positive result over Manchester United on Sunday – even if it didn’t feel like one, was that West Ham played some excellent football.
It was a style of football we have been lacking for some weeks now, it was a pleasure to see once again – and it was simply down to the fact Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho were leading our line.
The energy they both bring to the pitch oozes out to the other players, and not to mention the fans. They add something to our side that terrifies the opposition, and makes us believe we can score at any time.
It was a joy seeing that style back in full swing again, which sadly brings me to say, Andy Carroll should no longer be selected as our first choice striker.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Carroll is a talent, and one that I’m proud to say represents West Ham. But without him we play a better, and more effective style of football.
With Carroll I always feel like we press the rewind button to last season. That’s not to say I don’t think the Geordie has a part to play, he does. He has the ability to beat anybody in the air, and create goals that no other in this league can do.
But following Sunday’s performance Andy should not automatically find himself back in the starting lineup when we returns from injury. What we have with Valencia & Sakho is simply too good, and Allardyce must be ruthless and do what’s best for our football club.