Allardyce backs Aaron Cresswell to win West Ham's Player of the Year award

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes left back Aaron Cresswell deserves to win the club's Player of the Year award.

Sam Allardyce has told the West Ham official website that summer signing Aaron Cresswell should win the club's Player of the Year award.

The Hammers slumped to a terrible 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, which means Allardyce's men have won just one of their last ten Premier League games.

That run of poor results has seen West Ham slip out of contention for a European place, as they now sit seven points adrift of sixth place.

The pressure is mounting on manager Allardyce, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he could well leave Upton Park this summer.

Regardless, Allardyce has been speaking to the West Ham official website about who should win the club's Player of the Year award at the end of the season, with just 11 games to be played.

West Ham have seen players like Adrian, Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Stewart Downing and Diafra Sakho play huge parts, but Allardyce believes the award should go to left back Cresswell.

"I would say Aaron because of the consistent level that he has performed to, that his CV told us he would if he could cope with the Premier League," said Allardyce. "He played 40-odd games in his first full season for Tranmere, then 40-odd games, 40-odd games, 40-odd games for Ipswich and he’s likely to play 40-odd games for us because he played in the FA Cup too, as long as, touch wood, he doesn’t get injured."

"He’s been able to cope after coming from the Championship in his first season, which is rare these days because the only way you get to the Premier League is if your team is promoted, because not many people buy you to take you there. Because of his level of consistency and performance, the graph is very, very stable over a long period of time," he added.

Cresswell, 25, joined West Ham from Ipswich last summer, and has made the left back spot his own under Allardyce this season after a string of superb displays.

With one goal and four assists to his name this term, Cresswell has been touted as a possible England international - and winning the Player of the Year award would be a suitable accolade for his displays this season.

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