Aaron Cresswell praises Slaven Bilic, explains how West Ham manager's style is different

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy Fer

The Hammers left-back loves playing under the Croatian.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy Fer

West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell has praised the club's "fantastic" manager Slaven Bilic and told the Guardian that the club's style of football has become better under the Croatian.

The Hammers have kicked on a level since Bilic took over from Sam Allardyce a year ago, and the 47-year-old former Upton Park favourite led the club to a 7th-place finish and Europa League qualification in his first season in charge.

Though that finish was impressive enough, it is the style of football now on show from West Ham which has really caught the eye, with flair players such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini turning on the style.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

As he had been under Allardyce the year before, Cresswell was a integral member of the squad under Bilic last term, missing just a single Premier League game following an ever-present campaign in 2014-15.

The left-back hailed the changes Bilic has made at West Ham and believes the adoption of a more European style of football has paid dividend for the club.

Cresswell told the Guardian: "He [Bilic] has been fantastic ever since he walked through the door. The style is a bit different.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

"Maybe it’s a European thing that he brought into us, wanting us to move the ball and pass it more, with a bit more movement.When everything clicks together for us, it looks good."

Attention is now turning to what this season holds for the Hammers under Bilic as they move to the Olympic Stadium and look to take the next step to become genuine Champions League competitors.

Cresswell is sure to play a key role again this term, and fans will surely feel in safe hands with such a consistent player at left-back.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason

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