By Kevin Phillips

1st Nov, 2020 | 11:16am

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips wowed by 'Fantastic' West Ham player in new role

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell is “flourishing” at left-centre back, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the role allows the 30-year-old to utilise his “fantastic” ability on the ball as well as his pace.

Cresswell played his sixth successive game at left-centre-back in the 2-1 loss to Liverpool last night.

The three-time England international has played the majority of his career at left-back but has been moved into the heart of the defence after David Moyes’s decision to switch the Irons to a 3-4-2-1 formation in September.

Phillips compared Cresswell to Sheffield United defender Chris Basham.

“This system looks like it is benefitting him,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has been around quite a while now and some players find a position that a different position suits them later in their career.

“Nowadays, even when you are playing with three centre-halves, a lot of managers encourage the wide centre-half to push forward. It is like what Sheffield United do. How many times do you see Chris Basham in and around the edge of the box linking up play?

“Cresswell will be given that license to push forward a little bit when it is right to do because on the ball he is fantastic.

“Defensively, he does not have the height but he is very quick. It is an area that is making him flourish.”

In other West Ham news, Noel Whelan destroys player who started in loss to Liverpool.