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Hammers have Cresswell replacement ready and waiting

Ben Johnson faces a huge season, with Aaron Cresswell playing all the minutes God sends!

The left-back will turn 32 in December but he has remained a key part of David Moyes’ side throughout this season.

Cresswell has made nine appearances in all competitions, playing in all seven Premier League games and also in both Europa League matches.

The only rest he’s had has come in the EFL Cup, against Manchester United.

In that game, Johnson played at left-back, with Ryan Fredericks starting the game at right-back.

Johnson is currently seen as the second-choice left-back at the club, as Arthur Masuaku has routinely struggled defensively in the role.

Cresswell is doing magnificently this season and is continuing to perform at a remarkably high level but one has to think that he may break down at some point, and need a rest.

Johnson is primed to come in as and when that happens, and he simply has to grab the opportunity.

Should he perform whenever he’s called into the side, the Irons are likely to forego the chance to bring a new left-back into the club in January.

They may instead wait until the summer, or even decide to avoid recruiting a left full-back and allow Johnson the chance to thrive.

The opportunity is there for him to grasp.

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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.

One comment on “Hammers have Cresswell replacement ready and waiting

  1. He’s been a bit unlucky because he’s really a right back, but the success of coufal and Fredericks has turned his best option into playing at left back. Plus we are assuming he will be preferred to masuaku at left back.

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