Aaron Cresswell is currently out injured but the big question remains – is the West Ham left-back finished as a top level player?
Cresswell will be 33 before the end of the year and there have been clear signs of regression over the past 6-12 months.
The 32-year-old joined the Hammers from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2014 for around £4 million (Mirror).
Cresswell is a key figure at the London Stadium and is one of David Moyes’s most trusted on-field lieutenants.
He is a hugely popular player at the London Stadium amongst the fans and players alike.
We cannot keep hiding behind his popularity and his wand of a left foot though. Cresswell has been a really poor defender for quite some time…and something has to give.
West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell is finished at the highest level
After returning from a couple of months on the sidelines injured last season, the Liverpool-born defender was at fault for numerous goals that we’ve conceded.
Cresswell was to blame for both goals we let in against Leicester in February, the last minute winner that Manchester United scored against us in January and Leeds’ first goal during their 3-2 win at the London Stadium just after the turn of the year.
The 32-year-old’s positioning is horrendous and he often just stands still, allowing opposing attackers to drift in past him.
Cresswell was sent off against Lyon in the Europa League quarter-final and he suffered the same fate away against Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final.
Things haven’t got much better for Aaron so far this season.
He’s miles off the pace defensively and is now out injured with a groin problem.
It could well be the beginning of the end for Aaron Cresswell at West Ham.
Full-backs have such a key role to play in the modern game, both defensively and in the final third. Energy, mobility and pace are key attributes in today’s game and unfortunately for Cresswell, he has none of those.
We believe that his time as a starter at West Ham is done. He’s still a good leader, and a real influential figure at the club though. So keeping him around as a squad player, with a view to offering him a coaching role in the future, is something that should happen.