Bilic suggests Cresswell is an example of a naturally fit player

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West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has suggested defender Aaron Cresswell is a good player for others to follow in terms of his fitness.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the club’s official website that Aaron Cresswell is a good example of the sort of naturally fit player that he wants in his first team squad.

West Ham’s preparations for the new season are in full swing and Cresswell is someone that Bilic will be looking to challenge, as he tries to progress and develop further after winning the club’s player of the season award last time round.

“Aaron is a good player and has a great left foot. I wanted a player who could play for 90 minutes and he is a naturally fit player,” Bilic told

“It is always good for a defender who is good on the ball to play a little bit in midfield because you have less space there and it was good for him.”

Fitness is vital

Fitness is very important not just for Cresswell, but for the entire West Ham defence throughout next season.

There were occasions last season, against Tottenham and Manchester United, where West Ham conceded late goals, which directly led to a loss of points and momentum at important points in the season.

Improved fitness will help the club to just maintain that intensity and concentration a little bit longer, to ensure that a repeat of the same mistakes doesn’t happen again.

The challenge for Cresswell

The challenge for Cresswell is that he’s not a surprise commodity.

He’s a player that opposition teams will now identify as a key threat and strength in West Ham’s team and they could look to make life as difficult as possible for him very early.

Teams could get two men onto him quickly and look to keep him isolated, which could cause weaknesses to develop.

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