Mark Noble has suggested that Aaron Cresswell is the kind of player who West Ham United fans will miss when he’s gone.
The 32-year-old left-back joined the Hammers from Ipswich Town way back in the summer of 2014 for around £4 million (Mirror).
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Cresswell has gone on to play 291 games for West Ham and will next season become our longest serving present-day player, when Mark Noble retires.
The Liverpool-born defender has been the target of heavy criticism over the past month or so from some Hammers fans though.
Cresswell was sent off during the first-leg of our Europa League quarter-final clash with Lyon last month. Fortunately, it didn’t matter in the end, as we won 3-0 in the second-leg away in France.
Then, in the semi-final first-leg at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, he fell asleep inside the first minute and lost his man, allowing him to hammer home and put the away side 1-0 up. Ok, everyone makes mistakes, but there was worse to come…
In the second-leg in Germany, Cresswell was sent off again for pulling down Frankfurt player Jens Petter Hauge, who was bearing down on goal.
It really was an inexcusable error. The thing is, the experienced left-back has been such a good servant for West Ham. And it’s so hard to criticise him.
Mark Noble has been raving about his teammate when speaking to reporters recently.
And the Hammers club captain had a very strong message for the club’s fans about Cress…
Mark Noble praises West Ham ace Aaron Cresswell
The 35-year-old was speaking to West Ham United’s YouTube channel, and responded when asked about how good Cresswell is:
“Cress is one of those where you don’t appreciate him until he’s gone. We missed him for a month or so, technically he has a wonderful left-foot, and for what we paid for him £4m I think, he’s been an unbelievable servant for the club and he’s going to be really hard to replace, and I’m sure you would agree.”
It’s a fair comment from Nobes.
Cresswell has undoubtedly regressed recently though, certainly from a defensive perspective.
His positioning is truly woeful at times and it is clear that David Moyes needs to upgrade on the 32-year-old in the summer.
Cresswell does possess an exceptional delivery though and any left-back that Moyes brings into the London Stadium had better have a really good left foot on him!
Mark Noble is right about Aaron Cresswell though. When he does eventually leave, we will undoubtedly miss him.