Ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks on Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United contract situation

Aaron Cresswell

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks comments on West Ham United duo Aaron Cresswell and Sam Allardyce.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has suggested on BBC Sport that the West Ham United owners should consider the performances of Aaron Cresswell when making their decision over the future of manager Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce’s current contract with West Ham runs out at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.

Negotiations over fresh terms will start only in the summer, and Crooks hopes that Cresswell’s displays are taking into account.

“What a shame that manager Sam Allardyce seems to be auditioning for his own job with weeks just left on his contract when it was he who brought Cresswell to the club and gave him the confidence and the platform to perform as he has,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“Perhaps West Ham's owners David Gold and David Sullivan might think about that when they give Sam Allardyce his end-of-season appraisal.”

Cresswell joined West Ham from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2014 and has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season.

In fact, the 25-year-old left-back has been arguably the best player for the Hammers this campaign.

In 34 appearances in the Premier League so far this campaign, the former Tranmere Rovers star has scored two goals and created 31 chances.

Cresswell has a pass accuracy of 72% and a shot accuracy of 56%, and has won 48 headers, 16 dribbles and 29 tackles.

While Crooks does have a point, perhaps West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan may think that it was the club’s money that saw Cresswell join West Ham - not the presence of Allardyce.

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