Noel Whelan claims that West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku should be sweating over his place at the London Stadium after it was announced that teammate Aaron Cresswell had signed a new deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City attacker explained that the 25-year-old Hammers left-back now have to fight Cresswell to get his first-team spot back.
The Hammers released an official statement on Wednesday to reveal that Cresswell had signed a contract extension to keep him at the London Stadium until 2023.
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Cresswell has started the last three league games in a row for the Hammers and Whelan believes the 29-year-old’s new contract along with his current form may make it hard for Masuaku to get back in the side.
When asked whether Masuaku should be worried by West Ham handing Cresswell a new contract as it shows great faith in him, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yep, I think once that opportunity comes around, you’ve got to take it and that’s what he has done.
“Everyone wants to see someone who is going to fight for their position and be a team player, it’s not just about the first-eleven, it’s about all the players in the squad.
“He’s bided his time, taken his chance, made it his own and now it’s up to Masuaku to start fighting and show the manager he wants that spot back. It’s healthy competition and that’s the only way you get success.”
Masuaku’s last game was the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa and he only played 67 minutes of the match due to being sent off after picking up two yellow cards.
The 25-year-old left-back is contracted to the Hammers until 2024 after signing a new deal ahead of this season.