Carroll impressed again against West Brom and the Hammers boss was quick to praise the on-loan striker.
“His confidence will be sky high now he’s started to score goals and that was his first brace for us,” Sam said. “I think it will kick him on from here. It will fill him with great confidence and when the next chance comes along he’ll take it like he did his second goal, without thinking about it.
“He made it look so easy. The whole place, instead of erupting, had a moment of silence because they couldn’t believe how good that goal was - and then they erupted into huge applause.”
“It will be great for his confidence. It’s not just the headed goal, it’s the volley. He’s shown everybody his ability in its full light and his capabilities of a footballer on the deck. He’s got really good feet for a big lad and really good change of direction.
“He can be as good as he wants to be. I can always make anybody better if they want to get better. It’s my job to support what anybody wants to do if they want to dedicate themselves to the game. I’ll be there for them for as long and as needy as they want to be.
“Everybody’s dedication determines how good they want to be, we just provide the service to produce the best of the ability that they’ve got.”