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New contract – now Cress wants to become a lifer

Aaron Cresswell clearly can’t over the joy of having been handed a new two years Hammers deal.

There has been much debate on whether that was a great idea or not but in a survey of its reader CandH discovered that nearly two thirds of fans were pleased with the decision.

And the left back who has played under Sam Allardyce, Slaven Bilic, David Moyes and now Manuel Pellegrinhas shown his ability to adapt to needs under four three guys of very differing styles.

Ok, there have been form lapses but he was initially brought on board as much to supply aerial power for Andy Carroll as anything else and whilst that changed over the years he is now as much at home with a totally different type of manager who has other requirements.

Watch closely and you will see more cut backs from near the byline than hopeful crosses into the opposition penalty area.

And in a new interview with www.whufc.com Cress explains how he would love to become a Hammers lifer declaring at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2019/october/12-october/cresswell-i-would-be-proud-end-my-career-west-ham: “When you’re at a club for this long, it’s special especially nowadays, things change a lot.

“To have a few more years here is always special. If I could finish my career off at West Ham, it would be a proud moment for me and my family. 

“It would be a great crack at a footballing career. West Ham is moving in the right direction and the Club is moving forward. The manager’s ideas, the way we’re playing football now, London Stadium, everything is good.

“For me, personally, to start at Tranmere and to move to Ipswich Town and then progress to West Ham, it’s been a fantastic journey. A few more years and I’m looking forward to the future ahead.”

He is the fourth player to commit himself to a new deal at West Ham this season, behind Robert Snodgrass, Arthur Masuaku and Manuel Lanzini, Cresswell and is  relishing learning from Manuel Pellegrini.

Cresswell continued of those who had played under: “They’re all different managers in their own right and have different philosophies of playing.

“I’m not saying it because he’s the manager now but, if you look at the teams Manuel Pellegrini has managed, how long he has been in football and the CV he has got, he likes to play is brilliant football.

“The goal we scored against Crystal Palace has gone a little bit unnoticed, but we work on that, day-in and day-out. The way we’re playing now is brilliant. He’s got a great team around him as well. He looks to be involved and he is a very cool, calm and collected. 

“He is a fantastic manager. You look at his CV, he has been around the world at the biggest clubs in Real Madrid and Manchester City. He’s great to be around.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “New contract – now Cress wants to become a lifer

  1. Played three good games now good luck to him but he was crap for over two seasons so not holding my breath! Maybe nice guy but as a left back no pace and his crosses not good with not also doing his job of defending for a long while having oggy and diop having to do his job I’m not sure about another contract. Masu is far better playing alongside Anderson both technically good, something cresswell isn’t. But to be fair I would still play him until he messes up again. Then sell and bring in another defender who can actually defend and stop crosses coming in as that’s our weakest side and teams know this. We have Fred and Johnson when zab goes so a decent centre back and left back would be most beneficial imo

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