West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has admitted he was happy to see Andy Carroll miss out on the England World Cup squad and thinks he can show his true potential this season.
The powerful striker missed the first half of last season with an ankle injury and only returned to first-team football in January.
In his 16 appearances last term he only managed to score two goals and Sullivan believes he deserved to be left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad.
However, Sullivan has backed the former Newcastle man to fire this season.
He told Daily Mirror: “Andy will come good. He didn’t have a pre-season last year.
“He never really got his act together because of that and I think you’ll see a much better player next season. It was a fair decision to leave Carroll out of the England squad based on what he did last season.
“He didn’t do enough when he came back. There were a few games he was devastating in. Against Swansea he set up both of Kevin Nolan’s goals. But he knows he didn’t do enough to play for England.
“And I’m glad he is not playing for England. I don’t want him arriving three weeks late because he has been in Rio all summer. But his time will come.”
The Hammers eventually finished 13th last season after flirting with relegation and are 7.00 to go down this season.