Sam Baldock determined to fight for West Ham place

The Hammers striker has underlined his desire to break into the team's starting eleven ahead of their return to the Premier League
West Ham striker Sam Baldock insists he is ready to prove his worth to the club after their promotion to the Premier League.

The 23-year-old made the move to Upton Park from MK Dons last summer and netted five goals in his first nine games with the club.

Since then however, he has seen his first team opportunities restricted by the form of Carlton Cole and Sam Allardyce’s preferred tactics of playing a lone front man.

However, Baldock remains convinced he can stake his claim for a starting berth in the Hammers side ahead of their return to the top tier of English football.

He has already strengthened his claims by scoring in the club’s pre-season friendly with Austria Vienna on Saturday and hopes he will get the chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.

Baldock told Sky Sports: "I don't see why I can't take this opportunity to stake my claim.

"Everyone knows that during the second half of last year I was very frustrated.

"I'm a footballer who wants to play football at the end of the day. I've been working hard and hopefully I'll be given a chance to show what I can do".