West Ham: Under-fire ace 'still key man for Moyes' at London Stadium

West Ham United boss David Moyes in the dugout

Aaron Cresswell remains a key player for David Moyes despite the West Ham manager hoping to sign another left-back this summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Cresswell has been an important player for Moyes since he signed back in 2014, but his place has come under threat following some damaging mistakes in recent weeks.

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The 32-year-old has been West Ham’s first choice left-back from the moment he arrived from Ipswich eight years ago, making 291 appearances in all competitions.

Cresswell has enjoyed another stellar campaign for the Hammers, chipping in with two goals and seven assists in his 40 games.

But his season has taken a sudden turn for the worse in recent matches. In the Europa League quarter final tie with Lyon last month, Cresswell was sent off for bringing down ex-Fulham striker Moussa Dembele when last man, which saw him suspended for the second leg.

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Fortunately, he returned for the semi-final games against Eintracht Frankfurt, but history repeated itself in the second leg in Germany when Cresswell was once again given his marching orders for bringing down an attacker when last month.

And Cresswell’s dismissal proved pivotal as West Ham conceded moments later and were eventually knocked out by the Bundesliga outfit, losing 3-1 on aggregate.

Despite his recent disappointments, though, O’Rourke believes that the left-back remains a part of Moyes’ plans moving forward.

What did O’Rourke say about Cresswell?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “They’re probably looking at cover and competition at left-back, that’s why they’re looking around for that position, but you’ve got to remember how many assists Cresswell supplies from set pieces, so he’s still a key man for David Moyes.”

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Should West Ham stick with Cresswell?

While Cresswell arguably single-handedly cost West Ham a place in the Europa League final, he’s generally been a great servant for the club and one of their most reliable players in modern times.

Not only has he continuously proved himself as a solid defender, but his set pieces and crosses on the whole have led to several goals, with Cresswell directly contributing to 17 since the beginning of last season.

Therefore, while the ex-Ipswich defender will have to cut out these silly mistakes, there’s no reason for Moyes to consider moving him on this summer.

Bringing in another left-back to help ease the workload on his shoulders, especially with another season of European football on the cards, would be a smart idea, but Moyes knows he can rely on players like Cresswell.

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