West Ham United boss Avram Grant is delighted with the new slimline Benni McCarthy.
McCarthy was criticised for being overweight but he has now beat the bulge to be in contention to face Stoke on Saturday.
West Ham boss Avram Grant said: "I can tell you he's a very nice guy. I don't know why he was like that in the past.
"But he has lost eight kilos and is a very good player and I'm sure he will help us. That's what's important.
"If I look at the past about many things I will be like many people here at the club who always say 'last year was not this, not that'.
"I say to everybody 'I don't care what happened. I'm looking forward' and so is Benni McCarthy."