Date: 13th August 2019 at 12:00pm
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OPINION

West Ham fans will surely love to see that Aaron Cresswell is likely to be axed for Saturday’s clash against Brighton at the AMEX.

According to reliable Irons news website Claret & Hugh, Arthur Masuaku is expected to come in and replace the 29-year-old at left-back as Manuel Pellegrini aims to field a more attack-minded team.

It is news that will no doubt be greeted with cheers by the West Ham fanbase as Cresswell had a shocker of a match in the 5-0 defeat against Manchester City at the London Stadium on Saturday and was nowhere near as good as Masuaku for large periods of last season.

Stats by WhoScored say that Cresswell only managed to complete 23 successful passes – fewer than any other West Ham outfield player completed in the entire 90 minutes.

He was also dribbled past once, won just one tackle and was dispossessed twice by Pep Guardiola’s side.

Cresswell wore the captain’s armband on Saturday with Mark Noble out of the side and it was embarrassing to see someone with that responsibility have such a dire game.

Luckily, Masuaku should be a major improvement on the former Ipswich left-back when the Irons travel down to Brighton on Saturday.

Masuaku may be seen as a more attack-minded left-back than Cresswell but according to WhoScored, the 25-year-old did a lot better defensively than his team-mate last season.

Masuaku averaged more tackles, interceptions and clearances than Cresswell, which suggests that he should have been the one to start against Man City on Saturday based on the fact that the Irons were bound to do a lot of defending.

It is good news that Pellegrini is likely to take such swift action on Cresswell because his performance was just unacceptable on Saturday.

He was not the only one to have a shocker but this has become too much of a trend for the 29-year-old now and Masuaku has to be seen as West Ham’s starting left-back at least until the January transfer window opens.