In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Marlon Harewood, who made 511 appearances during his career, believes the loss of Aaron Cresswell to injury will be the one West Ham feel the most, with Claret & Hugh suggesting he will once again miss out against Chelsea.
Cresswell limped off during the Hammers’ 3-2 win against Leicester City earlier this month and for the third game in a row, West Ham were 3-0 up before conceding two goals to set up a nail-biting finish.
The £50,000 per week defender has operated as a full back, wing back and centre back this season but it’s his set pieces that West Ham may miss the most, as they have scored the most goals in the Premier League from dead-ball situations (15) this season.
Speaking on why West Ham will miss Cresswell more than any other player and how he has become so integral under David Moyes, Harewood told FFC:
“I think his distribution and how he’s been playing this year has been absolutely fantastic, and I think if we’re talking about players that’ll be a big miss for West Ham he will be one because he works hard, his deliveries are golden and he’s been a fantastic player this year.
“He’s proved himself to be a great asset and obviously he will be one big loss for West Ham and that’s no disrespect to whoever is going to fill in for him.”
This season has been a standout one for Cresswell having racked up seven assists as West Ham have found a secret weapon in scoring from set-pieces.
The former Ipswich Town missed the visit to Newcastle United last weekend, and remains a doubt for the clash against fellow top four challengers Chelsea on Saturday.