Tomkins: You won't see too many players replicating Cresswell's impact

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has been impressed by the impact of Aaron Cresswell in his first season at the club.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has told the club’s website why he feels teammate Aaron Cresswell is one of a rare breed.

The defender has been impressed by the impact Cresswell has had in his first season at the club, securing the Player of the Year award following his move from Championship side Ipswich.

“I think Cress nicks it for me because he’s been really good on a consistent basis. His free-kick against Stoke sealed it up for me,” he said.

“I know and it’s brilliant because you don’t see too many players step up and do so well in the Premier League. He’s done that and grown in every game. He’s maturing as a player so it’s great for him. He’s slotted in there and it’s brilliant to play alongside him.”

Cresswell seems to have a very logical approach to defending, which has enabled him to have an impact at Premier League level with few problems.

He’s obviously a very fit player, who keeps himself in good shape, with a good burst of speed over the first five to ten yards.

He uses that to his advantage to get forward well down the left hand side and it also allows him to cope against players who try to take him on and look to beat him down the outside.

His positioning is also good and he seems to communicate well with the centre back on his side, passing on and receiving players, which means he rarely gets caught out of position.

Sometimes full-backs can go for a wander if they are marking a player, which leaves space in behind them for the opposition’s wider players to exploit.

Hopefully he can end the season well, stay fit and then grow stronger next season in all areas.

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