Faubert focused

Julien Faubert is targeting a first start of the season in Wednesday's Carling Cup first-round meeting with Aldershot Town.

The France international has made quite an impact off the substitutes bench this term, setting up goals in each of West Ham United's previous two npower Championship matches against Watford and Leeds United.

Now fully recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the pre-season victory over Real Zaragoza on 30 July, Faubert wants to make his mark from the kick-off against The Shots.

"I hope to start," he told whufc.com. "I hope so because for me I am not a bench player. I want to play the whole game and I will do my best if I play on Wednesday and also if I get the chance in the Championship, so we shall see.

"I try my best all the time when the manager wants me to play. I have the legs, I am fit, so when I come on I can give my best. I can use my passing and my speed."

After spending last season at right-back, Faubert has been moved further forward by manager Sam Allardyce, playing wide on the right of a three-man attack.

The change of position has been welcomed by the 28-year-old, who is also excited about the possibility of linking up with new signing John Carew on Wednesday evening.

"I am really happy because I think we have some good players in the midfield, so I can receive the ball in good positions, like when I crossed for when we scored. I am quite happy with this for we have enough quality in the middle and enough quality up front for me to cross and play.

"So, I am happy to play football because it is the best job you can have.

"John is a different option for us. He is more of a whole player for us. He can hold the ball and allow us to push forward. So I think he has a great opportunity, he is different and he can certainly help us."

While Faubert has enjoyed his football so far this season he admitted that, like a number of his club-mates, his future will remain uncertain until the transfer window closes on 31 August.

Whatever happens over the next week or so, the Le Havre-born player has promised to do his best for manager Allardyce - a manager he has already developed a deep respect for.

"We sat down and we talked man to man and I said to him, if you need me at any time, I will give my best anytime.

"I think that is why I like this kind of man, because even if I'm not in the eleven, he respects me, and he respects what I've done before in football and he knows I can help the team."