By Russell Edge

15th Jan, 2022 | 8:00am

Leeds-mad pundit fears West Ham after 'massive' Cresswell development

West Ham have been handed a “massive boost” with Aaron Cresswell back in action ahead of Sunday’s clash against Leeds United, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 32-year-old’s return is “not good news” for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Cresswell made his first appearance since November in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Norwich City.

The left-back missed 10 games across all competitions through injury, including last week’s FA Cup clash against Leeds.

Whelan suggested Cresswell’s return would allow David Moyes to name a “full-strength” starting XI on Sunday.

However, he backed Leeds to give the Irons more of a test than they did a week ago.

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“It’s not good news for Leeds that Aaron Cresswell is back.

“This is going to give a massive boost to West Ham and their fans knowing that one of their best players is back in the lineup for Sunday.

But I did feel that when we played them last week in the FA Cup, that was pretty much their full-strength side, bar Cresswell.

“Without us playing particularly well, I do believe that if we turn it up a notch, we will give ourselves a very good opportunity.

“I can’t talk highly enough of West Ham and what they’ve done this season. The way they’ve turned things around and what David Moyes has done, they’re a credit to themselves.”

Cresswell has played 19 times for West Ham this season.

Ben Johnson started at left-back in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Leeds.

In other news, Kieran Maguire hails Moyes after £137million West Ham reveal.