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ironskej 12:38 Wed Jul 17
The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Going into the new season, it's looking likely that Masuaku will be our number one LB. Cresswell is the better defender, Masuaku is the better dribbler. Could this be the big breakthrough season for Ben Johnson?

This area is worrying though, Masuaku has lost us so many points in the past and is clearly a LW playing as a LB. He did have a good run of games at the end of the season, but still isn't solid.

I think we should sell Masuaku and get in a solid LB. then let Cresswell and Johnson fight it out to get onto the pitch.

CUNTS.

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eusebiovic 5:20 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Should we start another thread regarding The Annual West Ham Defensive Midfielder Situation?

El Scorchio 4:21 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Cresswell seems to have a fair few niggles or slight injuries, but I think he's getting back to the player he looked in his first 1-2 seasons.

Vexed 4:21 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
We need a proper centre midfielder and probably another striker way more urgently.

Vexed 4:19 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Masuaku and Cresswell are good enough with Johnson backing them up. Relax cunts.

Willtell 4:18 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Masuaku is much better defending than he was when he first came but they’ve obviously worked on coaching him at LB. I think he’s first choice in Pellegrini’s eyes.

On the first half today Ben Johnson isn’t the finished article yet either. He has the talent though and very comfortable on the ball. Good prospect.

claretandbluedagger 4:17 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
falace

Ten yellow cards last season and 11 the season before, not sure I'd fancy him in a fully defensive role. He'd be banned half the season!

Any Old Iron 4:05 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Masuaka - a left back who can't defend. But according to some on here he's good enough for the posistion, even if he's shit in 60% of his games. Ha, ha.
It's just as well we don't apply that criteria to all positions.

Fifth Column 3:51 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Masuaku can tackle in some matches and dives in constantly in others. Seemed to improve a little in this towards end of last season and hopefully can cut out the diving in altogether.

However, his marking is also nearly always poor and that's the sort of thing that I think is much harder to improve as it's more about concentration/awareness than technique.

I'd still put a fast CDM as preference to full backs. We're overflowing with attacking talent which is great but still seems to be that big strong teams will just run straight through the middle of us.

scott_d 3:36 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
I do think full backs have been our weakest link for the last couple of years but maybe that's just because they usually see more of the ball than the CBs? Maybe not.

Masuaku is just too inconsistent for me and can be both brilliant and pathetic in the space of about 10 minutes whilst Creswell just hasn't been himself in the last 2-3 years.

However, I did think that they both looked to have improved over the second half of last season and looked pretty decent towards the end of last seasons which coincided with Fredericks also putting in some decent performances so maybe there has been some work on these positions and players that is finally bearing fruit?

Bit of a bonus that Ben Johnson is getting some game time and that Pellegrini trusts him in the first team too as that could some pressure on both Creswell and Masuaku this season.

crystal falace 2:10 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Strange one thinking outside the box but could snodgrass do a job at left back?

Side of Ham 2:09 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
*you can have

Side of Ham 2:08 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Yep, you can all the attacking flair you like but we still won't be at Man City levels to break down 11 men behind the ball once they are already 2-0 up through weak & silly defending which both of these are likely to do.

crystal falace 2:08 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Still makes me laugh when people call him Masuaka

jack flash 2:03 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Firstly, I trust Pellegrini to get it right
So far the transfers this summer have been superb but I'm surprised he seems happy with what we have at LB
The number of goals we've conceded from that area last season is frightening
Cresswell hasn't put in a decent performance for ages, in fact since his injury
All he's done is wave his arms in the air & try to blame Anderson for every mistake that he makes
I would have sold him while we could have got some decent money for him & brought a top LB in for Masuaka to cover for. In fairness, Masuaka's form at the end of last season was pretty good
Young Ben Johnson looks a great prospect but he's really a RB
I was hoping we might revive interest in Laxalt at LB, who would be perfect for us, but we need another striker first

ironsofcanada 1:35 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
*without a change there we should still...

ironsofcanada 1:32 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Cresswell is a very good crosser of the ball and has decent positional sense. But is not very quick these days if he ever was.

Masuaku has good close control, good athleticism but no offensive end product and checks out regularly on defence.

If we could make them one footballer they would either be very good or very bad.

The defensive side is obviously not a priority for the manager at this point or with the funds he has.

As I said elsewhere, we should with a change there we should still improve and continue to be fun to watch.

Grumpster 1:29 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Was all excited at the thought of our midfield and attack and you have to ruin it all by reminding me of the fact we potentially still have a ropey defence!!!

Arthur scares me far too often defensively, I was hoping that Cresswell came back as the player he used to be.

Alex Bunbury 1:17 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Cresswell is a decent left back. Masuaku is fine as back up. It’s a position I’m not worried about in the general scheme of things.

diehardhammer 12:52 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
musuaku on his day is more than good enough and has a good understanding with anderson

just needs to get that consistency instead of having 2 good games in 5

ornchurch ammer 12:49 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
Having said that the Arthur and Angelo double act on the left is a complete fucking no-no.

ornchurch ammer 12:48 Wed Jul 17
Re: The Annual West Ham Left-Back Situation
I don't rate Masuaku as a defender as he has no anticipation or positional sense. On his day though he can tackle and is good going forward so down to Pelle.


I think we need to worry more about The Annual West Ham Centre Midfield Situation.

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