Exclusive: Top pundit wowed by West Ham player transformation: 'It hasn't been easy for him'
Michael Brown has heaped praise on West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell for his performances in their back three.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City midfielder insisted the 30-year-old will have done a lot of hard work on the training ground to adapt to his new role.
Cresswell is a left-back by trade but has operated on the left-hand side of a back three in all but one of the Hammers’ Premier League games this season.
David Moyes’ side have only been beaten by Arsenal and last season’s champions Liverpool when lining up in their new system.
Arthur Massuaka has operated at left wing-back with Cresswell partnering Angel Ogbonna and Fabián Balbuena in the back three.
Asked what he’d made of Cresswell’s new role as a centre-back, Brown told Football Insider: “He’s (Moyes) been looking for that improvement defensively, he’s tried it, he’s tried some other things and I think he obviously feels this is best way to go. So, we can’t argue with the results.
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“He’s balanced, isn’t he? It all depends how much pressure you come under, what teams he’s playing against. It won’t come easy to him, I don’t think.
“I think it’s the work on the training ground that’s going to take time and when you get a few results, I think everyone believes in it.
“It’s hard to go, sometimes, to that back five and your players don’t always want to do it, that is just not being used to it.”
Cresswell has played 221 times for West Ham since moving to the club from Ipswich Town in 2014.
He earned his first England call up two years after making the switch and he currently has three international caps to his name.