Aaron Cresswell: Pre-season schedule will stand us in good stead for the new campaign
Aaron Cresswell believes the quick-paced pre-season schedule in place for West Ham United will give the side an added boost heading into the new campaign.
The Hammers are back in action against Brentford on Saturday afternoon, just a few days after the team was split in two to play concurrent matches away to Ipswich Town and Wycombe Wanderers.
With just two weeks until the 2020/21 Premier League season begins, Cresswell feels the nature of this year’s pre-season schedule will return the Irons to peak fitness faster, ahead of an opening match against Newcastle.
There are only a couple of weeks to go until the season starts so we need to get running and make sure we’re fit for the start.
“We only had a short break but it was good to spend some time with the family after a long season which was over a year long,” Cresswell told Home | West Ham United | West Ham United. “It was tough time but it’s behind of us now. There are only a couple of weeks to go until the season starts so we need to get running and make sure we’re fit for the start of the season.
“I think it’s a real benefit to us. We had a tough week in Scotland training and then we’ve come to Ipswich and the other lads went to Wycombe. Normally with one game, the manager would normally give players 45 or 60 minutes. It was good for everyone to get close to 90 minutes and it will stand us in good stead.”
The experienced full-back played alongside Academy defender Ajbola Alese in Tuesday’s match against the Tractor Boys, and Cresswell was impressed with how the 19-year-old conducted himself in the senor team.
The Hammers No3 also had words of praise for Conor Coventry, who featured in an unfamiliar right-back position.
He added: “Playing alongside Aji, it was my first time playing alongside him and I thought he was excellent against Ipswich. Conor isn’t a right-back by trade, but he slotted in against Ipswich and he did fantastic.”
Tuesday’s match at Portman Road meant a return to an old home for Cresswell, who spent three years with Ipswich prior to joining West Ham in 2014.
The 30-year-old was delighted to see some familiar faces at the game and reminisce on some old memories.
“This is my seventh season at West Ham now, so it was kind of strange,” Creswell reflected. “The only time I’ve been back here really was when we played Ipswich in pre-season in the first year after I’d left them, so I played them a couple of months after.
“It was a bit strange, but it was good to see some of the familiar faces I haven’t seen in a few years.”