West Ham should sign free agent Jose Enrique to provide cover for Cresswell

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates at the end of the game with Jose Enrique

Jose Enrique is available on a free transfer following his release from Liverpool, and would be an ideal signing for West Ham.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason Aaron Cresswell is West Ham's only senior left-back option

West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell was one of the Premier league's most consistent left-backs last term, and his performances helped the Hammers finish seventh in the table.

The problem for Slaven Bilic is that the 26-year-old is the club's only recognised left-back. With West Ham's participation in the Europa League this season, they need to strengthen in that area of the pitch, to provide cover for Cresswell to ensure they are fully equipped should he succumb to injury or suspension.

An ideal squad addition would be free agent Jose Enrique. The former Newcastle United and Liverpool full-back has spent nine years in the English game, so is already accustomed to the hustle and bustle style of the Premier League.

Jose Enrique - LiverpoolJose Enrique could act as cover for Aaron Cresswell

He is similar in style to Cresswell. Both players are accomplished defenders but also possess the ability to bomb forward and provide support in attacking areas.

Enrique, 30, still has plenty of years left at the highest level, and with West Ham facing the possibility of so many games this season, a move for the Spaniard could turn out to be an extremely important one.

Jose Enrique - Liverpool Enrique is a free agent following his release from Liverpool

The Hammers hierarchy have made no secret of their desire to bring a world-class striker to the club over the summer, and there is a chance that their bullish pursuit of a forward could have a detrimental effect on the rest of the squad, with certain areas being disregarded.

Slaven Bilic must ensure that he recruits in departments of the pitch that need addressing, and the acquisition of Jose Enrique would certainly fill a particular squad gap. It would be a move with minimal risk involved, and is one the Hammers should most definitely consider.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic should consider strengthening in the left-back area

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