With the turmoil rumbling on, it’s a case of looking to the future for Chelsea. With Antonio Conte’s arrival confirmed and next season just four months away, the Blues face a busy summer in the transfer window.
One of their targets should certainly be Aaron Cresswell. Given the Blues’ criminal lack of depth in the full-back positions this season, it’s an area in which investment is a pressing necessity.
The English left-back in question appears a more than appetising prospect to help alleviate the burden from Chelsea’s current full-back arsenal. While Conte may turn to Serie A, perhaps his best options lies with the West Ham star as regards a long-term investment.
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West Ham United have experienced a superb campaign under the wing of Slaven Bilic that has seen them battle their way to sixth place. Cresswell has undoubtedly played a role in the Irons’ unlikely but still flickering assault on the Champions League places.
Despite being plucked from relative obscurity in 2014 from Ipswich Town, it’s taken less than two years for the left-back to establish himself as one of the most rated defenders in the Premier League.
His instant impact was exemplified last season when he garnered the Hammer of the Year award at the end of his inaugural campaign at the Boleyn Ground.
Now into his second season, the 26-year-old has become one of the first names on the team sheet with his formidable defending and swashbuckling bursts forward. Cresswell now has some of the country’s juggernauts chomping at the bit to acquire his signature.
Amid the minor transfer storm that has engulfed the full-back, Chelsea have emerged as perhaps the most interested potential buyers. The Independent in particular has highlighted the Blues’ desire to capture the Englishman.
This interest must be attributed, at least in part, to the Stamford Bridge side’s concerns in the full-back position.
Their lack of depth in the area has seen Cesar Azpilicueta thrown from flank to flank and right-back Branislav Ivanovic has even found himself in the centre in recent weeks. Furthermore, Baba Rahman is far from the finished article and has made prominent mistakes in his debut campaign.
Consequently, Chelsea must look to Cresswell as a battling left-back hungry to succeed and importantly, with Premier League experience.
In addition, there are few better players in the league on the defensive flank when it comes to delivery and set-piece ability. His screamer against Leicester also underlined his knack of popping up with timely and often spectacular goals.
With Chelsea looking to tighten up at the back and add depth, Cresswell certainly seems a logical and exciting avenue to pursue. Besides, it would be just reward for a determined Englishman whose rise over the last two years receives far from the plaudits it deserves.
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