David Moyes would be wise to play Harrison Ashby instead of Aaron Cresswell for West Ham United’s Europa League clash against Genk tonight.
The 31-year-old left-back has played every game for the Hammers this season apart from our Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United last month.
Cresswell is a vital part of David Moyes’s team.
And with a huge game against Tottenham to come on Sunday, the Liverpool-born ace could really do with a rest tonight.
The problem is that Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks are both suffering with injuries.
So if Ben Johnson fills in for Cress at left-back then who do we have to fill the right-back slot?
The answer lies in our youth setup.
David Moyes should make brave Harrison Ashby call, Aaron Cresswell needs a rest
The 19-year-old right-back has been truly sensational for the Hammers’ under-23s this season.
The right-back is very energetic and has plenty of pace in his locker. He is a very solid defender and has an impressive sense of positioning for someone so young.
The Scottish ace isn’t bad going forward either!
The 19-year-old has chalked up three goals and four assists in just eight games for the Hammers’ youth team so far this season (Transfermarkt).
He has looked like he would be more than at home in the senior team.
If Moyes brings in Ashby tonight, Johnson could then move to left-back in place of Cresswell.
It would be a brave decision from the Scot. A win tonight and we will be totally in control of our Europa League group.
With Tottenham just around the corner though, we believe resting Cresswell is a necessity tonight. And Ashby is more than capable of making the step up to the big boy league.