Sam Byram explains why he wants to emulate West Ham team-mate Aaron Cresswell

Aaron Cresswell

Sam Byram admits he is looking up to Aaron Cresswell at West Ham.

West Ham United defender Sam Byram has told The Telegraph that he wants to emulate Aaron Cresswell's success with the club.

Byram, 22, left Leeds United to join West Ham in the January transfer window, signing for the club that most of his family support, given that they hail from Essex.

The right back wasn't expected to make an instant impact, but was thrown in against Manchester City just days after signing due to an injury to Carl Jenkinson, but he missed out on tonight's 2-0 win over Aston Villa through injury himself.

Byram is tipped to have a bright future ahead of him, and with Jenkinson returning to Arsenal after his loan deal expires at the end of the season, Byram appears to be West Ham's right back for years to come - and that gives them a dangerous tandem with left back Aaron Cresswell.

Cresswell, who also joined West Ham from a Championship club in Ipswich back in the summer of 2014, has been superb for the Hammers ever since his arrival, and is undoubtedly one of the finest left backs in the Premier League, with England recognition surely not far away.

Now, Byram has told The Telegraph that he thinks Cresswell has done 'unbelievably well' and gives him confidence to emulate his success, because he is also coming up from the Championship to the Premier League at Upton Park.

"Obviously he [Cresswell] came from the Championship and has done unbelievably well," said Byram "So to see that pathway from there to the first team and into the Premier League gives me confidence," he added.

With Byram and Cresswell in place, West Ham have two dangerous English full backs who love to attack - and they will be key building blocks upon the Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium.

Can Byram enjoy as much success as Cresswell at West Ham?

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