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A recurring problem with West Ham has been our inability to attract a top quality striker to our ranks in recent years.
Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez aside, we have not had a striker come to our team who has set the world on fire. This may be for a couple of reasons, poor service being the most likely, but we have always seemed a little shy in front of goal.
That is until West Ham manager Sam Allardyce found his man.
Andy Carroll epitomizes everything about Allardyce's famous long ball tactic. He's tall, strong and, unlike Carlton Cole, good with his feet and smart with the ball in open play. He hasn't scored at the time of writing, but he has set up vital goals and forced the opposition into playing deeper and drawing their attention away from other key players.
We also have Modibo Maiga, a player with pace and the ability to beat men with ease, as we saw with his perfectly crafted finish against a struggling Southampton.
He may not be a starter, possibly due to fitness, a contract stipulation or Allardyce's belief that Carlton Cole is more valuable due to his experience, but it is hard to argue that we are going to suffer for goals when he is on the bench.