The Athletic ran a story yesterday delving into the reasons behind West Ham United’s recent improvements. And Aaron Cresswell has been praised for the way in which he’s changed his game to adapt to the centre-back position.

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The Hammers really struggled last season.

We finished in 16th spot in the Premier League table and barely avoided relegation down to the Championship.

One player in particular who received heavy criticism from the West Ham fans was Aaron Cresswell.

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Aaron Cresswell (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

In fact, the majority of the London Stadium faithful wanted the 30-year-old sold.

Incredible turnaround

David Moyes had other ideas, however. The Scot had faith in Cresswell. He slotted the 50k-a-week ace (Spotrac) back into a back three, utilising him as the left-sided centre-back.

 

And the Liverpool born ace has flourished in his new role.

Cresswell has not only been rock solid defensively but he has also made a huge contribution in the final third. The 30-year-old has racked up three assists in eight Premier League games so far this season.

The Athletic highlights how West Ham’s switch to a 3-4-3 system has played a huge part in our success this term But they also highlighted how Cresswell has been pivotal to the functionality of said system.

Aaron Cresswell (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The Englishman is fifth in the league for crosses made. The Athletic draw attention to how most of Cresswell’s crosses are made from a deeper position in the wide left area rather than from the byline. This enables the 30-year-old to pose an attacking threat without being found out defensively.

It really has been a huge turnaround. Nobody could have predicted Cresswell’s fine form this season. Good luck to him. He has kept his head down, worked hard and proved that he still has a lot to offer West Ham.

Long may it continue.

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