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A Fully Deserved Contract for A Fully Devoted Player. Now Aaron Cresswell Deserves Our Respect

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Written by: George M.

When Aaron Cresswell was linked with Everton for £25 million back in the summer transfer window a large majority of West Ham fans were either eagerly waiting for the first bid to be submitted or they were rubbing their eyes at the arguably hefty fee being offered. Especially for a player that ‘hadn’t been the same since we left the Boleyn’. Although it was rumoured that the club were potentially looking for a new leftback, it was eventually settled that Arthur Masuaku would be the left back of choice for Manuel Pellegrini this season. This, it seemed, was the end of Aaron Cresswell at West Ham. However, on October the 9th, it was announced that he had signed a contract until 2023. This is a fantastic deal for the player, club and fans.

It was evidently clear from the past few seasons that Creswell had dropped a few steps in terms of his performances. However, for someone who is currently the club’s third longest serving player in the squad, his service to this club has been exceptional. Whenever Pellegrini has attempted to cement Masuaku as our starting left back, rather than looking for a way out of the club, Cresswell has been determined to try and win his place back in the starting 11. When given the chance this season, we have started to see glimpses of the Cresswell we saw in 2014-15 and 2015 -16. These are the performances that saw Cresswell get named Hammer of the Year back in 2015. Although another call-up is unlikely, when he plays at his best, he turns the heads of the England Management and Selection Team.

If you were surprised by the new contract, then consider Cresswell’s friendships across the squad. If you watch any of the club’s media productions involving Cresswell, it is evident that he is a popular figure among the dressing room. Pay close attention to his relationships with Noble, Snodgrass, Antonio and many others. The summer exodus involving Andy Carroll and co may have been good business for the club, but it certainly would’ve had a greater effect on the morale of any team-mates who were close to them. To avoid causing any more distress to the squad harmony, it is vital that well-liked players such as Cresswell stick around for as long as possible. Cresswell himself was quoted saying “If you want to push on in the league, then you need that team spirit and togetherness…”.

Secondly, contemplate Cresswell’s influence in the dressing room. With three England caps to his name, Cresswell would certainly be a role model for any youth players breaking into the first team especially for the likes of the up-and-comingBen Johnson.

Finally, having been named captain during the games where Noble has been absent, Cresswell is clearly relied on as being the next best leader in the squad – even when he was on the fringes of the starting 11. This clearly shows that Cresswell is respected by his colleagues and therefore should be respected by us fans.

Cresswell went through a rough few years in terms of his performances on the pitch and having been linked to Everton for an extortionate fee in the summer, it seemed like a good bit of business to part ways. However, why should we sell someone who would be happy to sit on the bench and positively fight his way back into the team? Not many players would devote their time to a team like that. This is why we should respect Cresswell rather than slander him.