London - West
Ham United striker Andy Carroll insists the uncertainty surrounding the
future of star player Dimitri Payet at the club will not distract the
The France international made it clear that he wants to be
transferred during the January window, and has refused to play for the
Hammers in the meantime.
Despite the potential for disruption, the Hammers have won both of
their games since Payet went on strike and Carroll is confident it won't
affect the rest of the players.
"No one player is going to destroy anything," Carroll told the press
after bagging a brace for West Ham in the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.
"Our response [to the Payet situation] just proves what the lads have
got deep down in themselves. Our passion for football, for the manager
and for our club - it's everything.
"I think the fight that the lads have got, the fans standing behind
us, it's all been great. It is a very tight-knit group, certainly the
tightest since I joined West Ham.
"It's great just walking into the dressing room every morning. The
lads have always got a smile on their face, even when the manager has
dragged us in on a Sunday morning and we don't really want to be there
because we're supposed to be off."
Carroll will be looking to continue his goal-scoring form when the Hammers welcome Manchester City to London Stadium on February 1.
kick off is at 21:45.