Aaron Cresswell

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Aaron Cresswell
Aaron Cresswell West Ham Vs Birkrikara (19753530238) (cropped).jpg
Cresswell playing for West Ham United in 2015
Personal information
Full name Aaron William Cresswell[1]
Date of birth (1989-12-15) 15 December 1989 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2008 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Tranmere Rovers 70 (5)
2011–2014 Ipswich Town 132 (6)
2014– West Ham United 108 (4)
National team
2016– England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:26, 4 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:23, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Aaron William Cresswell (born 15 December 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club West Ham United and the England national team.

Cresswell made his first-team debut for Tranmere Rovers in 2008 and made 70 league appearances for the club before signing for Ipswich in 2011, following a tribunal to agree the value of the transfer. He made 138 appearances for Ipswich scoring six goals, before joining West Ham United in July 2014. He made his international debut for England in November 2016 in a friendly against Spain at Wembley Stadium.

Club career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Cresswell started his career with Tranmere Rovers' youth system before signing his first professional contract in July 2008.[1] He made his first-team debut on 1 November 2008 in a League One match with Milton Keynes Dons which ended in a 1–0 loss.[2]

Although he was offered a new contract by the club at the end of the 2010–11 season,[3] Tranmere manager Les Parry expected Cresswell to turn down the contract offer saying "Aaron has got four or five Championship clubs trying to sign him; if I had to guess I would say Aaron might be leaving us this summer."[citation needed]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Cresswell playing for Ipswich Town in 2011

In June 2011, the media reported that Ipswich Town had won the race to sign the player beating the likes of West Brom and Doncaster Rovers for his signature, although the clubs had failed to agree a fee and resolution of this was expected to go to a transfer tribunal.[4] A three-year contract was later announced to have been signed.[5]

In the summer of 2012, fine performances for Ipswich Town, where he won Supporters Player Of The Year Award, led the player to be linked with Premier League clubs such as Aston Villa.[6]

West Ham United[edit]

Cresswell in 2014

On 3 July 2014, Cresswell joined West Ham United on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £3.75 million, plus add on clauses.[7][8] He made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.[9] On 29 November he scored his first goal for the club, in the 1–0 victory over Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground.[10] In May 2015, Cresswell was named Hammer of the Year and Player's Player of the Year.[11] Cresswell played all 38 league matches and all four FA Cup matches for West Ham in 2014–15.[12] In June 2015, Cresswell signed a new contract which would keep him with West Ham until 2020, with the option for a further two years.[13]

Cresswell made the highest number of appearances of any West Ham player in 2015–16, playing in 47 matches. He featured in 37 of the possible 38 Premier League matches scoring two goals, away to Aston Villa on 26 December, and at eventual champions Leicester City in a 2–2 draw on 17 April.[14]

In July 2016, Cresswell was injured in a 3–0 pre-season victory over Karlsruher SC. Suffering a knee-ligament injury, Cresswell was initially expected to be out of action for four months.[15] Cresswell recovered in time to make his return in West Ham's 1–0 victory away at Crystal Palace on 15 October, assisting Manuel Lanzini for the winning goal, however his comeback was cut short after he was sent-off for two yellow cards within a minute.[16]

International career[edit]

On 7 November 2016, Cresswell received his first international call-up to the England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Scotland and a friendly with Spain, following Danny Drinkwater's withdrawal from the squad due to injury.[17] He made his debut on 15 November, replacing Danny Rose in a 2–2 draw with Spain at Wembley Stadium.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tranmere Rovers 2008–09[2] League One 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2009–10[19] League One 14 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 17 0
2010–11[20] League One 43 4 1 1 2 0 3[a] 0 49 5
Total 70 5 2 1 4 0 4 0 80 6
Ipswich Town 2011–12[21] Championship 44 1 1 0 1 0 46 1
2012–13[22] Championship 46 3 1 0 2 1 49 4
2013–14[23] Championship 42 2 1 0 0 0 43 2
Total 132 6 3 0 3 1 138 7
West Ham United 2014–15[12] Premier League 38 2 4 0 0 0 42 2
2015–16[24] Premier League 37 2 6 0 1 0 3[b] 0 47 2
2016–17[25] Premier League 26 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 0
2017–18[26] Premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 109 4 11 0 3 0 3 0 126 4
Career total 312 15 16 1 10 1 7 0 344 17
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 8 October 2017[27]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2016 1 0
2017 2 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rovers Offer Six New Contracts". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 9 May 2011. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Town win race for Cresswell". TWTD.co.uk. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ipswich Town sign Tranmere defender Aaron Cresswell". BBC Sport. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Villa line up young Ipswich full-back Cresswell". Daily Mirror. London. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Transfer news: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce delighted with Aaron Cresswell deal". Sky Sports. 
  8. ^ "Hammers snap up Cresswell". West Ham United F.C. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Rose, Gary (16 August 2014). "West Ham United 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (29 November 2014). "West Ham United 1–0 Newcastle United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Aaron completes Player Awards hat-trick!". West Ham United F.C. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Aaron Cresswell: West Ham defender signs five-year contract". BBC Sport. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Premier League 2015–16". West Ham Stats. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Aaron Cresswell: West Ham defender out for four months with knee injury". BBC Sport. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Crystal Palace 0–1 West Ham United". BBC Sport. 
  17. ^ "England call up Aaron Cresswell and Jordan Pickford for Scotland qualifier". The Guardian. London. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  18. ^ McNulty, Phil (15 November 2016). "England 2–2 Spain". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Aaron Cresswell in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  27. ^ "Cresswell, Aaron". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "Aaron Cresswell". West Ham United F.C. 
  29. ^ "West Ham Player Awards: Aaron Cresswell wins hat-trick of gongs". Daily Mail. London. 6 May 2015. [unreliable source?]

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