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Triumph of guts, determination and a V sign to the trolls

Aaron Cresswell’s new deal is a triumph of guts, determination and a refusal to bow down to trolls and knockers!

There were times last season when his form dipped alarmingly and there were some who believed that he could be on his way out as early as January.

There were others who had made their feelings known in seriously uncertain terms about Arthur Masuaku’s defensive abilities – yours truly included – and the  cry for months was to “get rid.”

Now both are armed with new deals and are set to become our front line left backs for a few more years yet. Ironic to put it mildly!

Cresswell’s form was the most worrying because we had all seen how good he can be at his best but were beginning to lose faith.

Thank God he didn’t lose any in himself and finally when his chance came on September 22 against Man United he was sensational adding a goal to a top of the ratings display.

The same happened against Bournemouth and his all round display against Palace was of a very decent order as he continued to make a case which saw Arthur dropped from the squad entirely.

Cressie may be a scouser but he’s now a Hammer through and through. His determination to show himself as the No 1 is so admirable it has to be applauded.

And it puts complaints and trolling very much in the dustbin as far as Manuel Pellegrini is concerned. He sees things long term and never gives or takes notice of any knee jerk reaction.

And it’s that – as much as anything else which has brought a new stability to this club of ours.


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About Hugh5outhon1895

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

5 comments on “Triumph of guts, determination and a V sign to the trolls

  1. If, as you say, MP sees things long term I can’t help but be concerned.
    LB is one area of weakness in our defence that neither Cresswell or Masuaku are the answer to in my opinion. I fully expected the position to be one of the first to be given priority in the summer transfer market. The recent deal given to Masuaku and this extension for Cresswell suggests otherwise.

  2. I agree with Ajay. Almost any team with any tactical sense targets our left back and these guys are just not good enough defensively. This has been a problem position for about 3 seasons now and it worries me a bit that Pellegrini doesn’t see it that way.

  3. Mistake, IMO

  4. Hugh, out of curiosity, could you gather some stats showing Cress and Masuaku contribution over past 2 years compared to other PL backs?

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