The reliable Hammers news source claims that almost all of the club’s home-grown players will be remaining at the London Stadium to fulfil the requirements for British-based squad members.
This makes sense. Earlier this summer it appeared that Cresswell might be sold after manager Manuel Pellegrini sided with Arthur Masuaku at left back down the stretch this season, however it no longer seems like that is the case. Andy Carroll and Moses Masaki were both released this summer, putting more pressure on Pellegrini to maintain his current selection of home-grown players. Cresswell falls under that distinction, despite his slide down the pecking order and Everton’s interest in him. It does seem as if, despite the Chilean struggling to make up his mind at left back this campaign, Pellegrini is happy to proceed with the same two full backs he had on the left hand side next time out. That’s slightly strange, because neither man really distinguished themselves, but perhaps Masuaku did enough to win the starting spot and Pellegrini feels that Cresswell is a serviceable back up. Certainly it seems as if the former Ipswich Town man will be remaining where he is for the foreseeable future, anyway.