West Ham boss David Moyes has one massive problem ahead of his side’s clash with Norwich City on Saturday.
Aaron Cresswell – a largely consistent figure over the past six years, has regressed badly this season.
The 30-year-old has looked badly out of his depth at Premier League level this term. And his inability to defend is costing the Hammers time and time again.
Cresswell offers little going forward as well.
And Saturday’s clash away at Norwich seems to be the ideal time for Moyes to bring Arthur Masuaku back into the team.
Time for a change
The 26-year-old is an extremely divisive figure at the London Stadium.
His work-rate and commitment has been called into question on multiple occasions. But when the Democratic Republic of Congo international is on, he has so much to offer.
Masuaku is incredibly skilful, and he has the ability to beat a man with ease. The 26-year-old is so much quicker than Cresswell too.
Sure, he might not be as focused as he should be, but the time has come to take a chance.
West Ham need to win against Norwich. And if Cresswell plays, the Canaries could have a field day down the Hammers’ left-hand side with pacy duo Max Aarons and Emiliano Buendia well capable of causing all sorts of problems.
David Moyes has been nowhere near brave enough since taking charge at the London Stadium in December last year.
Now is the time for that to change. The Scot must make a bold call. And it could be one that ends up defining West Ham’s season.