James Collins praises West Ham United summer signing Aaron Cresswell

Aaron Cresswell recently won West Ham United's Player of the Season award.

James Collins has praised Aaron Cresswell on West Ham United's official website after seeing the full-back pick up the Hammers' Player of the Season award.

Cresswell has made a brilliant start to life at the Boleyn Ground and Collins believes that the recognition of his form is well deserved.

Collins says that the former Ipswich Town man is a major reason why West Ham have scored from so many crosses this year and has slipped seamlessly into the Premier League fold following a step up from the Championship last summer.

"I voted for Cressy for Players’ Player and I was pleased to see him win the awards," he said. "He’s had a terrific season. It’s his first season in the Premier League, he’s such a young lad and he’s come on in leaps and bounds.

"He’s scored goals, set them up too and I think he’s been really good. You see a lot of the full backs these days and it’s all about getting forward for them, but Cressy can certainly defend as well as delivering a great ball.

"We’ve scored a lot of headers this year and a lot of that is down to him and Jenks [Carl Jenkinson], so he is a deserved winner I think."

Cresswell certainly has been impressive in his first season in the top-flight, surpassing many people’s expectations.

The 25-year-old was always a solid performer at Championship level, but he has really kicked on since joining West Ham and is now regarded as one of the finest left-backs in the country.

There have been calls for Cresswell to receive his first England call-up, while the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea are said to be interested in according to ESPN.

Those admiring glances help to illustrate how quickly his reputation has been enhanced, but the hope from Hammers fans will be that Cresswell remains with them for next season, as they look to mount a challenge for a European spot.

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