The left-back said: “It is up to the gaffer what formation he plays, but I think the modern-day full back wants to make forward runs and get crosses in. I don’t see why that will change, even if we have got wingers in front of us.”
Cresswell is the archetypal modern day full-back, having proven his attacking and defensive abilities consistently, whilst also possessing all the physical traits needed to ensure he can run the line for a full game.
The former Ipswich man was one of the best players in the Premier League last term, but the 25-year-old could find his role changed this season under Slaven Bilic.
Having played in a diamond midfield system last season, it was Cresswell’s main aim to get forward and provide width in the attack, but he has no need to do that same role this season.
The Hammers have brought in two talented wingers in Michail Antonio and Victor Moses, and they should take the wide roles in the 4-3-3 system than Bilic has been using.
That means that they will provide the width, so that Cresswell and fellow full-back Carl Jenkinson will not have to.
However, Cresswell is hoping that Bilic continues to utilise attacking full-backs, and if the Croatian boss is wise, he will let Cresswell loose up the left-wing for the remainder of the season.