Mystery over Hammer’s whereabouts


Hammer Aaron Cresswell has not been in training and is not thought to have made the trip to France today for the pre-season game against Rennes.

It has been assumed that David Moyes had given him time off while his future was decided as a move to Wolves looked very probable.

That now looks in serious doubt with the two clubs unable to agree a fee for the 33-year-old left back.

Now unconfirmed internet reports and sources close to players suggest Cresswell is either refusing to train or has not made himself available for training.

The club have not cleared matters up this morning by saying they could neither confirm nor deny the rumours.

If the reports are accurate, then Cresswell will likely face a two-week fine from the club unless they give him retrospective permission to miss training.

There is no suggestion that the West Ham player is injured, and mystery surrounds his current whereabouts and status.

All eyes will be on today’s match day squad, but it will be a massive surprise if he is named in it.

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  • Buster says:

    Cresswell is not Arnautovic……. he’s a real professional. I can’t imagine him throwing his dummy out of the pram over anything.
    It’ll all come out in the wash……..

  • wozza says:

    Couldn’t agree more, the guy has been nothing but respectful and outstanding week after week. Gutted to see him go and hate the idea of the shirt he’s now wearing but will always be grateful for what he’s done in the claret and blue. 20 years ago it was Joe Cole I was watching from the terraces and knowing he’d be leaving to collect trophies, was he a Judas too? Not for me, some players deserve all the stick they get from us supporters when they leave with a bad attitude, Rice was a class act to the end.

  • johnham1 says:

    Rice, Manu, now Vlasic, Cresswell and Scamacca want out. How many more !! If we loan Scamacca out to any club we should be ashamed of ourselves. He is class. The reason for leaving in all cases is the manager. How many more players will need to leave before the owners realise the problem. The club owners have totally disrespected the opinions of the fans, players and new DOF to keep one man who if we are honest nobody wants around the place.

  • lokfaen says:

    Just… no, Johnham. All the above is absolutely not a result of Moyes. Let me break it down for you:
    1: Rice left for a chance to play CL and compete for more trophies. West ham was not a PL contender before Moyes or during. Not
    Moyes fault (and no, he wouldn’t stay if we did a new Pellegrino with more ambition).
    2: Manu’s contract ran it’s course. He was not offered a new contract. Regardless how we feel about not playing Lanzini last season; he did not leave because of Moyes as his contract was not renewed.
    3. Vlasic was a mistake. A new manager would probably want to sell him as well as Moyes. He is not pushing for an exit any more than we are trying to sell him..
    4. Cress is getting older and will get reduced playing time as a natural result. He’s been a great servant, and I’m sure Moyes appreciates him. He wants a move to get more playing time. Could’ve easily been the result under another manager..
    5. Scamacca wants to leave because of Moyes, absolutely agree!

    That’s 20% accuracy. A worse record than both Moyes’ signings (ref previous article from Blind Hammer) and win rate..

    We may not like Moyes playing style, in-game tactics or signings – but let’s keep the criticism where correct and not assume Rice would have stayed if “only we sacked Moyes [insert when]”…

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