Manuel Pellegrini is now well into his second season as a West Ham manager. But he still doesn’t know who his best left-back is.
Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have shared the left-back responsibilities over the past few seasons. This year, it has been no different. Pellegrini continues to chop and change his options.
The Cresswell-Masuaku jigsaw
Cresswell played the first game of the season but was overrun by a rampant Manchester City team. Masuaku subsequently replaced him and looked like he would be the first choice. But an unfortunate red card against Aston Villa presented Cresswell with a reprieve.
The 29-year-old did not disappoint, scoring against Manchester United and then Bournemouth in consecutive games. Cresswell kept his place for the game against Crystal Palace but then missed the trip to Everton with a minor injury.
Masuaku started again but his performance was disappointing. The 25-year-old was at fault for the first goal and this seems to be an ongoing problem. Surprisingly, both players have signed long-term deals this season. But does Pellegrini trust either of them?
West Ham fans continued to debate the left-back conundrum in the aftermath of Saturday’s loss. Here are some tweets discussing who should start next weekend against Sheffield United.
Cresswell needs to come straight back into the LB position for the game against Sheffield United. Masuaku was extremely poor yesterday and Cresswell, who has been in great form of late, needs to come back in as a result.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) October 20, 2019
Thank god for that , Masauku can’t defend at all
— Peter Crowe (@petercrowe511) October 20, 2019
Ah thank hopefully walks into the starting 11 . Because masuaku is one of the worst players to ever put on a west ham shirt
— Tom Cass (@TomCass5) October 20, 2019
Anything that keeps masuaku away from our defence
— Saff (@dlsaffer) October 21, 2019
We best pray cresswell is fit as Arthur was a disgrace again yesterday
— James Rowland (@Millsy_whu) October 20, 2019
Cresswell absolutely hasn’t played better than Masuaku did.
3 appearances from which 1 was very bad (Palace) and 2 weren’t even that good when you exclude the goals.
Arthur had two brilliant games and he was very good at Villa before the unfortunate sending off.
— Alan Rzepa (@alanrzepa) October 20, 2019