Demel: Carroll could be our guy
Published 04/04/2013 | 18:18
West Ham defender Guy Demel remains hopeful that on-loan forward Andy Carroll will remain at the club next season.
Carroll is currently on a season-long deal at Upton Park from parent club Liverpool, and has scored only five times since moving to east London last summer.
But Demel wants the England international to extend his stay at West Ham, and said: "Andy is a really good player and beyond that he is a really good man."
He went on: "I didn't know him before he signed for West Ham but to see a young player with the amount of pressure he had and the way he has behaved, I'm really happy to be his team-mate and I'd be really pleased if he stayed and played for West Ham."
Liverpool splashed out £35million on Carroll to take him from hometown club Newcastle in January 2011 as they looked to re-establish themselves in the top four of the Premier League.
Despite signing the likes of Carroll, Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing the Reds have struggled to fight the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea but Demel is still expecting a tough task at Anfield on Sunday.
"It is still Anfield, it is still Liverpool," he added. "They won't be easy to beat and it won't be easy to play there even if they aren't the great Liverpool.
"They still have really good players in the squad who are capable of making a difference so we just have to focus on the basics and play our best."