Had West Ham United fans been told at the start of the season that Aaron Cresswell would emerge as a very early contender for Hammer of the Year, it seems likely that many may not have given the suggestion the time of day.
Cresswell has been with the Hammers for a long time. In fact, he is closing in on 200 Premier League appearances for the club. So unsurprisingly, he has come in for criticism at various points along the way.
It did appear that the 30-year-old had potentially been on the decline. But something appears to have clicked this term. And the England international is now producing some fantastic form.
His latest outstanding display came in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham. It was not a classic game – despite all of the injury time drama – but many felt that Cresswell was a standout performer.
He hit the bar during the second-half with a delicious free-kick. And he really looked dangerous throughout the game.
As shown by Whoscored.com, he made more key passes than any other player on the pitch. Overall, Fabian Balbuena was the only West Ham player to complete more passes than Cresswell.
And some West Ham fans believe that playing Cresswell – who earns £50,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – on the left of a back three has been inspired. Deploying Arthur Masuaku in the wing-back role has already looked a masterstroke. And now Cresswell is also stepping up.
Here is what some of the West Ham fans made of Cresswell’s display…
Probably our player of the season so far. At cb he offers so much. When attacking teams are struggling to handle him and Arthur who both deliver decent balls in
— #GSBOUT ⚒ Tez ⚒ (@TezzyWHU) November 8, 2020
Cresswell has improved so much.
Still the odd little mistake but generally he’s become one of our best players.
— Matty Banjolele #GSBOUT (@ClaretAndBloos) November 8, 2020
If 6m ago you told the West Ham fans that all of the MOTD pundits would be suggesting Cresswell for England squad a few months down the line… well I have no words 😂 But fair play, what a turn around Cressy has had this season
— Bill Berry (@Billy_Berry) November 8, 2020
— Lee from American Hammers Network (@LeefromAHN) November 8, 2020
Cresswell has been magnificent since moving to LCB proving many people wrong
— Jon Allen (@jonathanallen97) November 8, 2020
What a season this man is having!
— West Ham News & Views ⚒️ #GSBOUT (@WestHamViews_) November 7, 2020
Cresswell HOTY? Bigger comeback than Spurs 3-3 West Ham,
— #GSBOUT West Ham Central #GSBOUT (@WestHam_Central) November 7, 2020