Saturday 20 January 2018

Allardyce advises Creswell to stay and learn with Hammers

Sam Allardyce has told Aaron Cresswell he would be better served staying put at West Ham next season even if he is wanted by Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and Chelsea.

The 25-year-old has been an ever-present in the league so far this season, his first at Upton Park following a summer move from Ipswich.

Having twice been named in the Championship team of the year Cresswell has continued to impress in the top flight and has reportedly caught the attention of some of the league's biggest sides, with City and Chelsea both believed to have taken a look at the former Tranmere man.

But Allardyce, who takes his Hammers to relegation-threatened QPR this weekend with only one win in their last 12 outings, believes Cresswell should remain at West Ham and continue his progression rather than seek a move.

Asked if Cresswell would be better off staying at Upton Park, the Hammers boss said: "There's no doubt about that because he's year one in the Premier League.

"Year one is an ongoing experience that you have that you know the level. Aaron now needs to grow from that experience. His challenge is to continue to work even harder than he has this year, not to rest on his laurels.

"We have seen players do that and then year two is more of a disaster than his impressive first year."

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