By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

22nd Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Pundit fumes at Aaron Cresswell, wants West Ham United to replace him in January

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Aaron Cresswell is still making too many mistakes and should be replaced in the January transfer window by West Ham, says Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers signed Italy international Emerson Palmieri in the summer as competition for Cresswell, who struggled for form at the back end of last season.

But the 32-year-old has kept his place in the side for the most part this season and McAvennie hasn’t been impressed, and thinks a new left-back could make all the difference for their season.

“I think he’s still making mistakes, Cresswell,” he told West Ham Zone. “Centre half maybe, too. I don’t know.

“I think midfield is pretty much covered. Fornals, Benrahma, you’ve got quality. Lanzini, you’ve got quality players in there. Then you’ve got players like Paqueta, Soucek, Rice. We’ve got enough midfield players definitely.

“And he’s got two strikers now too, with both doing well and the manager doesn’t know who to play. Scamacca looks like he’s getting the number one shirt and long may it continue if he’s scoring goals.

“But if he doesn’t then Antonio will go back in. Your keepers are settled, so I don’t know where. It’s just the back four maybe and a left-back or right-back.

“I know Cresswell is there and he’s done better than I thought because he was awful, he’s done alright, but a good left-back would make all the difference.”

Cresswell has so far made 14 appearances in the Premier League this season and featured twice in the Europa Conference League, but several of those appearances have come as a centre-back in a back five.

Emerson is yet to get a real run in the team with just three starts in the Premier League, but he played five of the six group games in Europe.