Things have been dramatically picking up for West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell in recent weeks.
Having played during the 5-0 opening day loss against Manchester City, the 29-year-old was then left out of Manuel Pellegrini’s team for four consecutive games, as per Transfermarkt.
Arthur Masuaku getting sent off against Aston Villa was his route back into the team and he took the opportunity to impress, scoring a brilliant free-kick against Manchester United, following that up with a volley to earn a draw against AFC Bournemouth.
He then played 84 minutes against Crystal Palace, limping off towards the end of the loss, leaving a slightly damper tone before the international break.
His mood certainly will have picked up since then though, as his performances have been rewarded with a new contract that will run until 2023, as reported by West Ham’s official channels.
Despite the most recent result, former England defender Danny Mills has been left raving about the full-back, telling Football Insider: “I think for the last few seasons he’s been very consistent at left-back. He’s been on the verge of international on a couple of occasions.
“Everybody’s entitled to an off day, it happens to the best of us, but I think for the last couple of seasons he’s shown incredible consistency. You know what you’re going to get, he works hard and that’s great to have in a defender.”
While it is positive that Cresswell has had a good run of games over the last three fixtures, Mills may be going a bit overboard with his praise for the full-back.
To say that he has shown “incredible consistency” is certainly a step too far, as that is something both he and Masuaku lacked last season, as signified by the fact they started 18 and 19 Premier League games respectively throughout the campaign, with neither being able to claim the spot as their own.
Cresswell has the ability to go on and become West Ham’s main left-back, as shown by his performances against Manchester United and Bournemouth, but it is a bit early to be discussing his consistency in this way.
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