Should criticism from West Ham fans warn Everton off Aaron Cresswell?

Everton's English manager Sam Allardyce looks on during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 3, 2018.

West Ham United surprisingly brought Patrice Evra back to the Premier League after his sacking by Marseille, but where does this leave Aaron Cresswell?

Jack Collison of West Ham United holds off Patrice Evra of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at Upton Park on...

Say what you want about West Ham United’s decision to bring in the 36-year-old free agent Patrice Evra a matter of months after he was sacked by Marseille for aiming a kick in the direction of one of the club’s own supporters.

The fact that West Ham have taken a punt on Evra should have Aaron Cresswell looking at his own form this season and wondering where it all went wrong. It should also have Everton fans hopeful that their club does not choose the 28-year-old as Leighton Baines' long-term successor in the summer.

Former Ipswich Town prospect Cresswell was one of the Premier League’s most highly-rated full-backs not so long ago and received an England call-up back in 2016; a reward for his impressive displays on the West Ham left.

Aaron Cresswell of England looks on after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

These days, however, there is a very real chance that Cresswell could fall behind both Evra and Arthur Masuaku in the pecking order.

He has struggled for form in the last 18 months or so and has even been fielded in a back-three in recent times with Masuaku, currently banned for spitting at Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell, establishing himself as the undisputed first-choice left-back.

And it speaks volumes about Cresswell’s recent and sudden decline in both form and popularity that Hammers fans have welcomed the addition of the veteran Evra with open arms.

Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United shoots during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton should keep this in mind, then, with the Toffees likely to renew their pursuit of a new left-sided defender at the end of this season. As reported by the Mail, Cresswell was one of the players under consideration, but why should they take a punt on someone the fans want replaced by a 36-year-old freebie?

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