West Ham media round-up: Cresswell aware of Stoke star, Jelavic comments on target

Aaron Cresswell

West Ham United and Stoke City will face each other in the Premier League today.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has told the club’s official website that he is aware of the threat posed by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri is likely to start for Stoke City against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground in the Premier League later today.

The Switzerland international winger has been in good form for the Potters in recent weeks and will be a key player for Mark Hughes’s team this afternoon.

“I’ve seen him play internationally and when he’s played for Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, so we’re fully aware of how good he is and how good he can be,” Cresswell told West Ham’s official website.

The 25-year-old former Ipswich Town star has also praised Stoke for their style of play.

“I think it is credit to Mark Hughes that Stoke have changed the way they play,” said Cresswell. “They got branded as a physical team and a long ball team, but they have totally changed the philosophy of the club over the last couple of years and they’ve been excellent.”

Meanwhile, West Ham striker Nikica Jelavic, who joined the London outfit in the summer transfer window, has admitted that his side may not be able to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Slaven Bilic’s side are seventh in the league table at the moment with 23 points from 15 matches, just six points behind Manchester United, who are currently fourth and occupy the final Champions League spot.

“With the new stadium coming next year I think we’re in a good position, I’m sure new players will come in and will want to play for West Ham, this season is probably too early for Champions League, right now we should concentrate on playing good football,” said Jelavic.

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