Last week ESPN reported that Chelsea had their eyes on a potential left-back replacement for Filipe Luis. The Brazilian international has struggled to cement a first-team place at Stamford Bridge since his big money move from Atletico Madrid in the summer. It was reported by the Daily Mail recently that Luis could return to Atleti.
The player ESPN reported Chelsea wanted to replace him with was West Ham talent Aaron Cresswell.
Cresswell has played 36 times for The Hammers this season scoring two goals, including an excellent free-kick against Stoke City last weekend, and was even mentioned regarding an England call-up last month.
The 25-year-old arrived at Upton Park from Ipswich Town in the summer, in a deal initially thought to be in the region of £3.75 million, rising to £7 million, according to Sky Sports. He has been one of the bargains of the season.
But, how does he compare to Chelsea's current incumbent left-back Cesar Azpilicueta?
Firstly, on the defensive side, the table below clearly shows that the Spaniard has Cresswell trumped. He dominates in most categories when it comes to preventing goals.
|Position||Team||Interception (per game)||Clearances (per game)||Blocked Cross (per game)||One on ones won (per game)||Headers Won (per game)||Won Tackle (per game)||Mins Played|
|Aaron Cresswell||DF||West Ham||0.94||4.09||0.91||4||1.44||0.84||2,880|
In an attacking sense Cresswell comes out on top. Perhaps what Mourinho wants is a more attack-minded option for when it is necessary at left-back.
|Position||Team||Assists (per game)||Key passes(per game)||Accurate Cross(per game)||Dribbles Won (per game)||Accurate Pass (per game)||Mins Played|
|Aaron Cresswell||DF||West Ham||0.13||0.94||0.69||0.5||25.09||2,880|
Cresswell would certainly offer that. But if he were to leave, it is clear he would be sitting on the bench more than starting.