There has been a longstanding debate regarding the left-back slot at West Ham. Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have both vied for this position but neither player has been able to nail down the starting role.

Cresswell started the opening game of the season but struggled against the rampant Manchester City attack. He was replaced by Masuaku for the 1-1 draw with Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

Masuaku produced an impressive performance for the Hammers. And he is surely ahead of Cresswell in the race now. His statistics from the game dispell the myth that he cannot defend.


Arthur Masuaku: Performance in numbers

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Masuaku has often been criticised for his defensive problems. The DR Congo left-back silenced some doubters with an assured display against Brighton with his statistics (sourced via Who Scored) showing why he is ready to keep his place.

The former Olympiacos defender outperformed his West Ham team-mates by making five tackles (two more than any other player). He also made one interception, two clearances and won three aerial duels.

Masuaku also showed his attacking prowess. The 25-year-old completed more than 80 per cent of his passes. It looks like Masuaku will be given the nod ahead of Cresswell from now on.

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