Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been impressed with the form of West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell this season.
He believes that the former Ipswich Town man’s performances have been much improved compared to previous campaigns and that he has been particularly good following the arrival of David Moyes.
This is Cresswell’s sixth season with the Hammers and he has been a regular so far, starting 16 of their 23 Premier League matches including all three under the Scot (Transfermarkt). The 30-year-old’s displays so far have certainly caught the eye of Robinson, who insists that the left-back looks like a different player to what he has done previously.
Speaking about the defender and his form this term, Robinson told Football Insider: “I think Cresswell’s got a lot better this season,”
“I think he had a slow start to the season but I think he’s got better. I think the new manager coming in, he looks a different player. The new manager bounce, the new manager impact, he’s a completely different manager to what they had before in Pellegrini and we’ve seen the effect a new manager can have on the team and on players.
“Certain players will respond differently to different manager, different discipline and rules and I think you might find that at West Ham.”
There is no doubt that Cresswell has shown improvements this season, indeed he has already scored three times this term which is more than he has ever managed in a single campaign for the Hammers before (Transfermarkt). Added to that, he has also made improvements defensively. Indeed, so far this season he averages two tackles per game and wins 3.1 ground duels per game (SofaScore) compared to just 1.5 tackles and 2.4 ground duels won per game last term (SofaScore).
He has also shown adaptability under Moyes, playing in a left centre-back role against Sheffield United recently as opposed to his regular left-back position (Transfermarkt). He did well there too, winning four aerial duels, blocking one shot, making one interception and one clearance in the 90 minutes (SofaScore).
Moyes will hope that Cresswell can keep up his form as the Hammers look to avoid relegation to the Championship this term.
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