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21st Feb, 2017 | 3:30pm

Why West Ham should axe 27-year-old v Watford

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

West Ham should drop Aaron Cresswell from the starting XI in the Premier League clash against Watford on Saturday.

The 27-year-old should be axed from the side after a considerable dip in form this season, with Arthur Masuaku the ideal replacement as he returns from a long-term injury.

The Hammers travel to London rivals Watford for a league clash and manager Slaven Bilic should change his defensive set-up.

Cresswell is regarded as the first-choice left-back and has made 19 appearances this season across all competitions.

The Englishman was instrumental in the club’s strong form last season and is very useful going forward.

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However, he has been unable to recapture that form this campaign and has looked vulnerable for the Hammers.

Cresswell has been unable to provide the same kind of supply line on the wing and he has just one assist this season, while also being guilty of more defensive errors.

He should be omitted from the starting XI by Bilic to keep the squad competitive as they look to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

Masuaku is a great replacement to bring into the side and deserves a chance after recovering from a knee injury.

The 23-year-old made nine appearances across all competitions before his injury setback and showed glimpses of his qualities.

The £6million summer signing should be handed another chance to impress against Watford and provide Cresswell some tough competition for the starting left-back spot.

In other West Ham news, David Gold has hailed the club’s young sensation on Twitter.

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