Darren Bent has hailed West Ham manager David Moyes’ decision to switch from a back four to a back three as a “masterstroke”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England forward praised Aaron Cresswell’s performances on the left-hand side of the back three.
After lining up with a back four in their defeat against Newcastle United on the opening day, Moyes has changed shape to a 5-4-1.
Cresswell, who has played at left-back for the majority of his career, has moved into a more central role with Arthur Masuaku operating as a left wing-back.
Angel Ogbanna and Fabián Balbuena have made up the rest of the Hammers’ new-look defence.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Moyes’ tactical switch, Bent said: “We’re seeing this now become the case more and more.
“We saw it with England a couple of times, Kyle Walker playing on the right. We’re seeing Kieran Tierney at Arsenal playing the left side of the three.
“You know what it’s like, football evolves.
“We’re starting to see more and more teams do the same thing.
“It’s a masterstroke because now as a centre-half you don’t have to be that massive defender, you could be a little bit slight like Cresswell, like Tierney.
“It seems to be really working so you’d have to say fair play, it seems to be working very very well.”
Since switching to a back three, the Hammers have earned vital draws against Manchester City and Tottenham.
They have also comprehensively beaten Wolves and Leicester City in that time.
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