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Cresswell delighted with Traore substitution

Aaron Cresswell was delighted to see his and Arthur Masuaku’s good work rewarded by Adama Traore’s substitution against Wolves.

The attacker has been one of the most exciting players in English football across the past two seasons.

Last term, the flying winger scored six goals in all competitions while also registering 12 assists as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

His performances saw him called up for Spain – though he has also been called up by Mali, leading to a potential tug-of-war over his international allegiance – but he was unable to properly impact the game against the Hammers on Sunday.

Wolves were well-beaten, losing 4-0 on the day, and Traore failed to register a key pass, did not have a shot on goal, and lost possession 19 times in total, per SofaScore.

That led to his substitution in the 62nd minute, and Cresswell was proud to see him depart the field in such a fashion.

Talking to the club’s official website, he said: “Me and Arthur were laughing about it because you know exactly what you’re going to get with him! We worked on a few shapes and scenarios that we thought would come up and I thought Arthur was absolutely brilliant with and without the ball.

“Defensively, sometimes it’s physically impossible to stop him, but I thought we did brilliant against him on the night.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.