Andy Carroll insists that West Ham have proven that there is life after Dimitri Payet.
Carroll scored twice in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, the Hammers’ second win in as many games since Payet’s desire to leave the club became public.
The Frenchman is refusing to train in a bid to engineer a return to Marseille this winter, with West Ham holding out for a bid of around £30million.
But Carroll, our early winner, says he and his teammates have shown their willingness to “fight” without the 29-year-old.
“Our response just proves what the lads have got deep down in themselves – our passion for football, for the manager and for our club,” the striker said.
“No one player is going to destroy anything. I think the fight the lads have got, the fans standing behind us, it’s all been great.
“It is a very tight-knit group, the tightest it has been since I joined.”