West Ham United have had a great start to the Premier League season as they are currently in the third position with 23 points from 11 games, just three points behind leaders Chelsea. They have already beaten Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester in the league and Man United in the cup this season. They have conceded 13 goals in their 11 games and have the sixth-best defensive record in the league. Aaron Cresswell has had a great season in 20-21 and has had a great start to the new season as well. He is strong defensively and even provided eight assists last season. This season also, he has scored once and given an assist and has been constantly proving that he is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. In this post, we will look at some of the defensive stats for Aaron Cresswell from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
The above viz shows the defensive dashboard for The Hammers’ Aaron Cresswell, who is a regular at left-back for them for the past couple of seasons. He has been giving in great performances and is a very important part of David Moyes’ team. The black line in the above viz depicts the average value of the particular stat for all players in the league. Being a full-back, the viz shows that his stats have been close to the average line, some above it, while some are below average. He has been a weapon for The Hammers going forward, and they will hope he continues providing assists and scores for them.
The above viz shows Cresswell’s passing map for the 2021-22 Premier League season. He has been playing regularly and has been a big part of their success so far. The left-back tends to go forward and help in attack but is never shy of running to get back into his defensive positions. He provided eight assists in the 20-21 season and is a serious threat on the left wing for the Hammers.
The above viz shows the locations of the defensive duels contested and won by the English left-back for West Ham United. It can be seen that he is very strong on the left side of the defense and does not let anyone get past him easily. His strength in defense and his pace while going forward or running back are his biggest strengths.
Cresswell’s heat map shows that he is constantly floating up and down the left side during most games for West Ham. He is strong at the back and a big part of their attack as well. He puts in important runs to open up spaces for other attackers and also puts in a decent number of crosses. He is an integral part of David Moyes’ team, who will hope he stays fit and in form for the whole of the season.