West Ham United are on the verge of completing the deal for Ipswich Town left-back Aaron Cresswell. BBC Sport reported that the 24 year old will complete his move to the Hammers for a fee “exceeding £2m” of which previous club Tranmere Rovers will receive 20%. Cresswell is a name well known to those fans of the Championship but for those who maybe haven’t heard of him… Who is Aaron Cresswell?
Position – Defender, Left-back and Centre-back
Nationality – English
Age – 24 (15/12/1989)
Clubs – Tranmere Rovers, Ipswich Town
Career League Appearances – 202/11 goals
Height – 5ft 7in (1.70m)
Weight – 66kg
Aaron Cresswell will be regarded as a smart signing for Sam Allardyce as he looks to add to his squad in this summer’s transfer window. Cresswell had a number of clubs looking at him on top of West Ham with Fulham and West Brom in the mix. He is regarded as one of the best left-backs in the Football League making it into the Championship Team of the Season in 2012 as well winning Ipswich Fan’s Player Of the Season.
Between 2008-2011, Cresswell turned out for Tranmere Rovers where he made 70 league appearances scoring 5 goals. With Rovers in League 1 Cresswell looked to move on with a number of Championship clubs following his progress. He joined Ipswich in June 2011 following a dispute that led to a transfer tribunal deciding the compensation due to Rovers.
Cresswell flourished for The Tractor Boys playing 44 out of 46 Championship games in his first season, this was followed with 46/46 the following year. Last season he showed off his attacking threat with 13 assists, joint second highest in the league in 42 matches. Cresswell is very adept at taking set-pieces as well as crossing the ball or finding a key pass at the right time. He has a high level of concentration and can be expected to play 90 minutes week in-week out.
If there is any sort of weakness in Cresswell’s game it could perhaps be considered that his defensive game is sometimes outweighed by his desire to look forwards (maybe think Glen Johnson). He likes to stay on his feet in the tackle and it will be interesting to see how he copes playing at a much higher level than he has previously experienced.
With Twitter awash with good luck and thank you messages from Ipswich Town fans it appears that the fans favourite will be sorely missed and they will be hoping Mick McCarthy invests correctly in finding his replacement.
So West Ham fans, are you excited with your new addition??