Stats: £2m West Ham man's brilliant start to Premier League life

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West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell has adapted to playing in the Premier League brilliantly after signing in the summer.

Whilst West Ham United's attacking players have received much of the plaudits for lifting the side into the top four, Aaron Cresswell has also made a seamless transition into the Premier League.

The likes of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have stolen most of the headlines with their goalscoring form since arriving, but Cresswell has had just as big an impact.

Brought in from Ipswich Town the left-back had established a reputation as one of the best players in the Football League and he has wasted no time adapting to life at the top level. 

He is already proving to be a considerable upgrade on what Sam Allardyce had available to him last campaign and he is proving to be a major reason behind the club's success at going forward.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistKey passes per gameTotal passes per gameCrosses per gamePassing AccuracyInterceptions per gameTackles per gameAppearancesMins Played
Aaron Cresswell DF West Ham 2 1.6 39.8 3.3 69.3% 1 0.8 9 810
Pablo Armero DF West Ham 0 0.6 22 2.4 75.4% 1.4 1 5 322
George McCartney DF West Ham 0 0.4 29.6 1.8 78.8% 0.9 1.2 22 1840

Cresswell's offensive-thinking mentality can be seen from the fact he is making more passes than West Ham's previous options at left-back, in George McCartney and Pablo Armero.

He is also regularly going forward and putting crosses into the box, whilst his record of 1.6 key passes a match is particularly noticeable for a full-back.

Last season neither of the Hammers' left-backs claimed an assist, but Cresswell already has two to his name and he is likely to increase this tally if he continues to perform at the same standard he has been. 

The one area where Cresswell does need to improve is defensively, though.

Although his lack of tackles can be attributed to the fact that West Ham simply aren't doing as much defending as they were last campaign, due to their intent to play on the front-foot, he will be aiming to start being slightly more pro-active in breaking up opposition plays.

That said, it is has still been a very positive start from the full-back and although he may not take the limelight as much as many of the club's other summer signings, his quality is unquestionable. 

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