“He don’t really get involved in silly handbag stuff, he just clearly loves playing football.”
There’s no doubt that Cresswell has returned to form in a big way over the past month, having previously been stuck in a bit of a rut in terms of his performances. Obviously he has bagged two goals in just four Premier League appearances this season, scoring against both Manchester United and Bournemouth. His free-kick against the former was absolutely sensational, and he has been an important part of Manuel Pellegrini’s side recently. The statistics show that he has really rounded into form this term. As per WhoScored.com, the 29-year-old is averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.5 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game. Plus, he is only being dribbled past 0.8 times per outing on average, which is a very solid tally for a full back going up against pacy wingers. Masuaku has also been excellent this campaign, and so the fact that Cresswell has managed to dislodge him from the starting line up is a real credit to him.