West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell could face uncertain future
Aaron Cresswell could face an uncertain future at West Ham, and David Moyes needs to make a bold call on the veteran’s future.
The 32-year-old has a contract at the London club until the end of the season.
There has been no inclination from the club as yet whether they will offer him a new deal anytime soon.
It means, Cresswell will have to earn a new contract, even if it is on a short-term deal, as chances are high that the Hammers won’t offer him a long-term deal.
Cresswell joined the Hammers in 2014 from Ipswich Town, and this is his ninth season at the club.
He has been a regular at the club and has made over 300 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions. A true cult hero.
Last season, Cresswell has made 42 appearances for the Hammers, scoring two goals.
He has improved on his crossing and set-piece deliveries. Even in the star-studded new-look team under Moyes, he has been a constant figure, managing six Premier League appearances so far.
So, will Moyes offer him a new deal?
This is a massive question, and only Moyes knows the answer. The Hammers boss needs to make a bold call on this.
Cresswell is fairly reliable, even at his age, but his defensive abilities are suspect. He lacks pace and mobility and struggles badly against pacey wingers.
In terms of his performance, he should be getting a short-term deal. Moyes can keep him as a back-up option, but the club can change their plans as well.
The Hammers have shown this summer that they are ambitious, and are ready to spend big in the transfer market. If they sign a new left-back in the summer, Cresswell could become surplus to requirements, considering Thilo Kehrer and Ben Johnson, both can operate in the left-back roles.
The next few months are crucial for Cresswell. He needs to maintain his consistency and force the Hammers board to offer him a new deal.