By Dominic Toner
Harry Redknapp believes that the loss of Andy Carroll and Aaron Cresswell through injury has played a major factor in West Ham’s awful start to the season.
The Hammers fell to their fourth successive Premier League loss of the season on Sunday to Southampton, which leaves them in the relegation zone with just three points from six games.
Carroll, who did play in the opening day defeat to Chelsea, sustained his knock in the Europa League qualifier against Astra Giurgiu.
West Ham were eliminated by the Romanian side from Europe and that form has been transferred over to domestic matches.
Cresswell, 26, suffered his injury blow during pre-season and Slaven Bilic’s side have missed his energy from left-back.
Former West Ham manager Redknapp believes the duo have been huge misses to the side, as quoted by talkSPORT.
“They’ve lost Aaron Cresswell and they miss him, he’s an outstanding left-back, and they need to get Andy Carroll back fit as quick as they can,” he said.
“He gives them a focal point they can hit. He’s a handful for defenders and he can make a difference for West Ham.”
Carroll and Cresswell both played huge roles in the club’s seventh-placed finish last season in the league.
Carroll, 27, scored nine goals in all competitions last season and the English striker has been a notable miss in attack.
Summer signing Simone Zaza has struggled since his arrival at the club and is yet to register his first goal in his opening four games.
New defensive recruits Alvaro Arbeloa and Arthur Masuaku have both filled in at left-back but failed to match the ability of Cresswell.
West Ham are currently in poor form and will be desperate for a result in their next match against Middlesbrough.