The 60-year-old coach said: “To be frank, we need a few more Aaron Cresswells, players who have the reputation of staying fit and playing a full season.
“If you have five or six of them, you have stability followed by consistency and that means you have a much better chance of maintaining that high position in the table because you are able to pick your best team more often.”
Cresswell, 25, has not missed a single Premier League game for the Hammers since his summer transfer from Championship side Ipswich, and aside from his consistency, he has undoubtedly been of the West Ham’s players of the season.
Alongside Diafra Sakho and Adrian, the left-back has brought talent and effort to Allardyce’s team, and was vital in their rise to the top four at the start of season. However, whereas the rest of the squad have dropped of, the English defender has retained this consistency whilst his teammates have suffered from fitness issues and fatigue.
He is the ultimate under-appreciated player, and it is no surprise that he has been so consistent considering he has missed so few games. The reason a club like Chelsea is so successful is because they frequently name the same starting XI, and this builds the cohesion between the frequently selected members of the squad.
Cresswell may go without the plaudits, but his consistency and fitness make him a vital part of West Ham’s team, and Allardyce is correct to name him as the type of player that the Hammers should be targeting to sign if they want to improve.