West Ham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team record a third straight Premier League victory at the weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their encounter with out-of-form Crystal Palace at the London Stadium having beaten both Cardiff City and Newcastle United in their previous two matches, and thus seeking a third successive league victory for the first time since December 2016. And they did indeed make it three on the spin as goals from Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez, and Felipe Anderson inspired the hosts to a 3-2 success in East London, thus moving them 11 points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
As such, there have been many delighted Hammers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their team as the season progresses following the big-money investment in the playing squad over the summer.
Yet it hasn’t always been about splashing the cash at West Ham, as illustrated by the £4.28 million deal (as per Transfermarkt) the club sealed to lure Aaron Cresswell away from Ipswich Town back in the summer of 2014.
And with the left back going on to feature 166 times for the club, in which time he has scored five goals and laid on 18 assists, it’s pretty clear that he has made an absolute mockery of that lowly price-tag during his time in East London.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old had impressed greatly at Ipswich between 2008 and 2011 to earn a move to the Hammers, with ex-boss Sam Allardyce clearly feeling that the left back could plug a hole in his team ahead of the 2014/15 season.
And the Englishman did just that by starting all 38 of their league games that term in their run to 12th place in the table, before missing just one match the season after as the Hammers clinched a remarkable seventh place finish under Slaven Bilic in their final campaign at Upton Park.
At the time, Cresswell was arguably one of the most impressive left backs in the Premier League, and while he hasn’t necessarily reached those heights on a regular basis since then, he has at least been rewarded for his consistency by earning three England caps, one in 2016 and two last year.
Yes, he does appear to be battling with Arthur Masuaku for the left back spot in Pellegrini’s side this time round, but on the whole there is little doubting that West Ham have got their money’s worth and more from Cresswell – he is now valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the 28-year-old has made an absolute mockery of the paltry £4.28 million fee the Hammers paid for him back in 2014 in becoming a key player and great servant for the East London outfit.
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