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Aaron Cresswell has proven Frank McAvennie wrong with Arthur Masuaku failing to impress the ex-West Ham striker.

Cresswell, 32, has been sidelined with an injury since November 28. According to Claret & Hugh, the left-back has a chipped bone in his back and there’s no concrete timeframe for his recovery.

Masuaku, 28, has been standing in at left-back while Cresswell recuperates but he hasn’t managed to impress McAvennie.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “I’m not a big fan of Masuaku. I’m not sure.

I’ll put my hand up and admit I didn’t think Cresswell was doing anything but he’s one of the mainstays now.

He’s steady and consistent but you’ve got to put your hands up and say, ‘yes, you’ve got it wrong’.”

Masuaku has divided opinion throughout his time at the London Stadium.

The DR Congo international has impressed in spells with his attacking performances and a goal in the 3-2 win over Chelsea last month backs that up.

However, there are understandable concerns about him defensively and he fails to offer as much as Cresswell does at both ends of the pitch and at set-pieces.

It’s hard to argue against Cresswell being the best left-back in David Moyes’ squad and we hope that he recovers from his nasty-sounding back injury as soon as possible.

In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has issued a major injury update with a ‘brilliant’ player set to be out for up to three months.

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