The son of West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has suggested the club have a real strength in their full-back options.
Slaven Bilic didn’t hesitate when the opportunity to re-sign Carl Jenkinson on loan came up, after the Arsenal owned player impressed under Sam Allardyce last season.
It leaves the Hammers with settled players in two key positions across their back four, which should give the defence a solid platform, which they can look to use to their advantage over the coming weeks and months.
“He had a very good season last year and I know from speaking to dad that Slaven said he was a player that we had to keep and felt he would be a great signing,” he told whufc.com.
“We now have two fantastic full-backs and like Aaron Cresswell, he is very attacking and gives us even more options going forward.”
What happens when the full-backs get forward and stay forward?
Any club that has full-backs who are as skilled in the opponent’s final third as they are in their own, are worth their weight in gold.
When Jenkinson and Cresswell are able to press forward and maintain pressure over the opposition, it gives the West Ham midfielder and attack more options.
It allows the midfield to narrow, which gives West Ham a greater chance of controlling possession and allows Bilic to use more than one striker at the very top of his team.
The danger is that West Ham could be attacked in the space that both players leave behind, but they are quick enough and fit enough to be able to drop back into their defensive positions quickly.