West Ham set to keep Cresswell & Masuaku

Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell are both set to stay at West Ham United this summer, per ClaretandHugh.

What’s the word?

Reports have suggested that the Hammers could potentially cash in on one of their left-backs this summer, with Cresswell linked with a move to Everton.

However, it now appears that such a deal will not be in the offing.

Manuel Pellegrini, per the report, believes that he has no reason to buy another left-back and has no desire to sell either player this summer.

Masuaku has made the spot his own this season, making a total of 27 appearances in all competitions; his teammate had 20 outings for the Irons.

The players have a mountain of experience to call on; they have appeared a total of 254 times for the club between them.

A sensible decision

The reports of Cresswell potentially leaving were rather bizarre but keeping both makes sense.

The Hammers have deficiencies in a number of areas – they need a new striker and a couple of midfielders – and complicating that situation by selling a left-back they would have had to replace wouldn’t have been sensible.

Pellegrini appears to know he is well set in that area, however, and will continue to allow both Cresswell and Masuaku to battle it out for the right to be the club’s first-choice left-back.

Common sense prevails.