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Re: The Cresswell Thread

Post by fmgod » Thu Oct 28, 2021 2:54 am

Got a tiny bit of stick the other day when I said, Shaw at United going forward is awful compared to Cresswell, going forward his left foot and play is of a top player, now we've got a solid side defensively his weaknesses as such don't get exposed anywhere near as much and due to this he is shining as attacking wise for a left-back he is an absolute weapon.

It will sound stupid but going forward there is barely a left-back I would swap him for, I think him and Chilwell are very similar overall, both not amazing but half-okay defensively but going forward give width and are capable

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Post by prophet:marginal » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:27 am

His first touch/close control is apparently getting better.

I know its a confidence thing too, but he is taking down those long, often crossfield passes with ease.

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Post by Puff Daddy » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:28 am

Lovely pen last night. I know that

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Post by Colours never run » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:32 am

One of our unsung heroes and under-rated players down the years. Used correctly, then you have a serious attacking Left Back on your hands who can do a bit defensively too. I like how much he genuinely enjoys playing for our Club too. Will miss him when he eventually retires here too. Not for a few more seasons yet though. :thup:

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Post by Beedub » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:36 am

fmgod wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 2:54 am
Got a tiny bit of stick the other day when I said, Shaw at United going forward is awful compared to Cresswell, going forward his left foot and play is of a top player, now we've got a solid side defensively his weaknesses as such don't get exposed anywhere near as much and due to this he is shining as attacking wise for a left-back he is an absolute weapon.

It will sound stupid but going forward there is barely a left-back I would swap him for, I think him and Chilwell are very similar overall, both not amazing but half-okay defensively but going forward give width and are capable
Agree going forward plus his set pieces makes him almost impossible to replace in the future

Going to be a conundrum

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Post by westham,eggyandchips » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:40 am

Colours never run wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:32 am
One of our unsung heroes.
He really is. Along with Johnson. Solid 7/10 performances week in week out. That left foot of his is a bit of a wand.

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Post by S-H » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:54 am

Someone recently mentioned his first touch.

Made a point of watching him last night, and it's true, his first touch is nothing short of sublime.

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Post by Korea Hammer » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:56 am

When I talk to mates who support other teams, he's often seen as one of our most important players from outside. An absolute model pro and Mr.Assist.

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Post by Denzil » Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:04 am

Korea Hammer wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:56 am
When I talk to mates who support other teams, he's often seen as one of our most important players from outside. An absolute model pro and Mr.Assist.
Fantasy football helps that. He’s a point magnet.

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Post by westlondonhammer » Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:20 am

He's unfashionable and will always be on some's 'replace' list each summer... but the fella has been mustard for about 18 months.

He is probably the player who has benefitted most from the coaching team around him.

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Post by Colours never run » Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:49 am

I think I can recall him getting the most Assists under Pellegrini too and was always creating plenty for Bilic too. The injuries took its toll for a spell but like Antonio seems to be over the worst of it and hasn't looked back since.

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Post by funky chicken » Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:08 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - since the start of last season he has been one of the best left backs in the League. I also think he is another member of our squad that should count himself unlucky to not be in the England squad.

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Post by yakandyeti » Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:22 am

westlondonhammer wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:20 am
He's unfashionable and will always be on some's 'replace' list each summer...
For me a new left-back is not about replacing him it's about replacing Masuaku who I wouldn't trust in a 4, meaning the whole system needs to change when he plays.

Hopefully, the competition then raises Cresswell's game further, lets him have some games off as he gets older. Yes, they may displace him, and if they can bloody brilliant as we've stepped up another level as they need to be good to do that and I'd say that about every player in our team, but good luck to anyone trying to displace Deccers.

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Post by Cockneyboy311 » Thu Oct 28, 2021 1:33 pm

S-H wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:54 am
Someone recently mentioned his first touch.

Made a point of watching him last night, and it's true, his first touch is nothing short of sublime.
Yep, kills it stone dead every time. Can't remember the last time he mis controlled a ball.

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Post by BigFatSam » Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:16 pm

He’s a player I’m a bit smug about. I could never understand the last 2 seasons people begging for him to be replaced. He’s been one of our best players for the past 3 seasons now.

He’s brilliant going forward but he’s also a leader at the back, he’s constantly barking orders and telling players to get in like etc, he doesn’t get enough credit for that.

He’s been here since 2014, he’s proper West Ham.

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Post by Absolutely Hammered! » Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:27 pm

Like Bowen, he sufferers from unsung hero syndrome.
He isn't fast, he isn't tall but he knows his trade as good as and LB in the league now. I recall many clubs used to actively target him as he was seen as our achilies heel and some clubs still do but with not much success.

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Post by blahblahblah » Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:11 pm

In the past teams would target him a lot. The cross-field balls always scared me because he used to get caught out on a lot of those which led to so, so many goals. Thankfully that has not happened in a long time. Even when teams do try it, Cresswell does not try go for a dangerous header (which he used to miss) instead opting to be in a good position to defend (which Arthur still has not learned). Another thing helping is that Ogbonna will also shift over and Rice/Soucek will drop back to plug the gaps. Going forward he has also improved. His delivery has always been great, but he's seeing more passes and not over-committing on forward runs that have little chance of succeeding.

In short, he's been excellent.

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Post by goa127 » Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:46 am

To me Cresswell's only real problem is his lack of pace. He'll always lose a man for man race but paradoxically he's often at his best against out and out wingers. Runners from deep trouble him more.

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Post by mumbles87 » Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:08 am

BigFatSam wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:16 pm
He’s a player I’m a bit smug about. I could never understand the last 2 seasons people begging for him to be replaced. He’s been one of our best players for the past 3 seasons now.

He’s brilliant going forward but he’s also a leader at the back, he’s constantly barking orders and telling players to get in like etc, he doesn’t get enough credit for that.

He’s been here since 2014, he’s proper West Ham.
Cresswell did have a noticeable dip in his form after his injury .. he took over a season to get anywhere near what he was

However he has always been good for Moyes

The way Moyes sets up a team suits him. Solid at the back so he is less likely to be overrun

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Re: The Cresswell Thread

Post by carnage » Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:19 am

Being overrun was never his fault though. Even the very best full backs need support at times.

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