Cresswell has been impressed with new signing Arthur Masuaku
The talented full-back believes Slaven Bilic will welcome the competition for places
Cresswell is confident the squad can get back on the winning trail
Aaron Cresswell says he is relishing the fierce competition for places when he makes a return to first-team action and has been impressed with the new signings who arrived this summer.
Cresswell has been forced to miss the start of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury during pre-season, but is making good progress and hopes to step up his recovery over the next few weeks.
The talented full-back knows he faces a battle to win back his place in the side after Slaven Bilic brought in Arthur Masuaku from Olympiacos during the summer.
Masuaku has certainly impressed in his first three games for the Club and Cresswell is pleased to see quality players being brought in to strengthen the squad and take them onto the next level.
Cresswell said: “I hadn’t heard too much of Arthur but I think he’s done very well.
“He’s been one of the most consistent players of ours over the three games we’ve played and he looks a very good signing.
“The gaffer has done very well this transfer window with the signings he’s made. Hopefully when we’re all back together and fit and well, I’m sure it will give the gaffer a headache, but I’m sure he’ll like that headache to pick from the squad we’ve got.
“I’ve been very impressed with the new signings. There have been quite a lot of injuries to them though, and that’s never nice for them personally coming to a new Club.
“The first and foremost thing you want to do is impress, and for them to come and be injured is frustrating but looking at the pre-season, you can see they’re very good players and I’m excited to see them play.
“The break has given us a two-week period to get some players back, though obviously all of us won’t be. I’m sure the gaffer and the team will be delighted with the lads coming back in. It’s what we’re all looking forward to and to get out there and train with each other and help the team.”
Cresswell is hoping the Hammers can get straight back on the winning trail against Watford on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic's side were always facing a tough start to the campaign with away games against Chelsea and Manchester City, but despite the two defeats, the West Ham full-back is convinced they can turn their season around, starting with another home win at the weekend.
Cresswell added: “I don’t think we could have asked for a much tougher start and of course there was expectation, moving to the new ground and with new training facilities and everything else.
“But as the gaffer said, just because we have a new Stadium, that doesn’t put points on the board.
“We knew as players that we won’t take anything for granted. We want to work hard and work for everything we get and I’m sure that’s what we’ll be doing throughout this season.”