Cresswell’s professional career started with Tranmere Rovers before a move to Ipswich Town and the left-back says he’s not changed his mentality or approach having stepped into a well-established Premier League back four.
“I started in the lower leagues (with Tranmere in 2008) and haven’t changed my game since. I just keep progressing and coming up against two of the best players in the world for Chelsea – especially Hazard – helps me learn,” he said.
His comments are encouraging because they show he’s not getting carried away despite the greater exposure he’s enjoying with the East London side.
His mentality staying the same also improves his chances of being consistent because it shows he takes nothing for granted.
There would have been a little bit of surprise from some fans looking back to last summer when he was announced as a signing at the club, but he’s worked hard to become a very reliable player for the team.
West Ham remain well placed for an assault on the top eight places in the Premier League, which opens up the possibility of European football looking ahead to next season.
It’s important for West Ham and Cresswell to continue playing to a higher level and exposing themselves against the best teams and best individuals, which Cresswell is right to suggest is a key way for him, and any player to develop.