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Aaron Cresswell will hope to ignite best West Ham form

Dom Toner

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell returned to the side on Thursday night in the win over Southampton after a spell on the bench and looked very much back to his best.

The 29-year-old was back in the starting XI to captain the Hammers and proved his quality in the 2-1 Premier League away win.

Cresswell has had a mixed season with spells in and out of the team, as he competes with teammate Arthur Masuaku for the starting position.

But the left-back seized his opportunity with a matured display against the Saints and has to be back in the good books of manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The full-back has the potential to be a top-class defender at the London Stadium on his day and would love an extended run in the side.

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Cresswell was solid in his defensive work against Southampton and stuck to his task well, while he contributes plenty going forward too.

He proved that he can deliver some excellent crosses into the penalty area and would have had an assist if teammate Lucas Perez converted his ball into the penalty area.

There is much debate over whether West Ham need to sign a left-back to strengthen that area of the pitch, but the answer may already be in the squad.

Cresswell has shown in patches his ability since his £2million arrival (BBC) four years ago and is now at an age where he needs to start delivering consistently.

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