Martin Keown has made a positive claim about each of West Ham’s full-backs.
Aaron Cresswell, who cost the Hammers £4million (Mirror), is a key player in the backline and usually slots into a left-back role.
The 31-year-old can also play at centre-back as part of a back three, but he’s so effective going forward in wide areas and he’s got an impressive tally of six assists so far this season in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, 28-year-old Vladimir Coufal has been an incredible signing for the Irons this campaign and he’s enjoying a brilliant first year at the London Stadium.
The Czech Republic international is an ever-present in the XI at right-back, where he’s shown he’s got a no-nonsense approach to defending.
Pundit Keown has given huge praise to both:
“Aaron Cresswell at left back is one of the Premier League’s best crossers of the ball, while Coufal is wonderfully aggressive at right back,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
If West Ham are to finish in a European position this season, then their defence will need to continue in the same rich vein of form during the final 13 Premier League fixtures.
David Moyes’ team are fourth in the top-flight standings, with supporters understandably dreaming of Champions League football.
A big part of their success has been their defensive resilience and they are now capable of digging in against teams out of possession.
Cresswell is perhaps overlooked by neutrals for his delivery with crosses, while Coufal has epitomised what a West Ham player should be with his passion and high intensity.