Why Cresswell is West Ham's biggest beneficiary of the international break

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West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell can use the international break to his advantage.

The international break is an important chance for clubs all over the Premier League to recharge their batteries with some players staying behind, while others head off to play more fixtures.

One West Ham player who can definitely consider himself unlucky not to have been called up is left-back Aaron Cresswell.

Cresswell has been superb for the Hammers so far this season and with three left-backs in Roy Hodgson’s squad, it’s doubtful whether all of them are better players than the Irons defender.

The news would have been a blow to Cresswell but there are a number of ways he can use the setback to his advantage over the next two weeks.

It’s a great opportunity for him to get a bit of rest, which is something that his manager Sam Allardyce will be grateful for.

He’s made 33 appearances for the club this season and it’s a chance for him to take his foot off the gas and go hard over the rest of the season.

West Ham still have a good chance of a top eight place and fit and fresh full-backs are important to the success of any team.

Allardyce is also in a position where he can now work on Cresswell’s weaknesses closely with the player and play on his international snub from last week.

He can make Cresswell an even more impressive defender than he already is and the period of reflection for both is something that wouldn’t be possible if he was mixing it up with colleagues in the England camp.

The West Ham defence has struggled recently with nine goals conceded in their last four games, all of which Cresswell started in.

There is work to be done to further improve the impact he’s made at the club since signing last summer.

When the Premier League action returns, he can put his foot on the gas with a bit more emphasis while Luke Shaw, Kieran and Leighton Baines may all look just that little bit more wary.

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