Aaron Cresswell has been West Ham United’s Mr Versatile this season, and the No3 has insisted he will do whatever it takes to keep the Hammers in the Premier League.
The Liverpool-born star has been an important figure for West Ham this season, at both ends of the pitch. Not only has he played 13 times as a centre-half, but he has also registered a team-high six Premier League assists and delivered 32 key passes for his grateful teammates.
Cresswell has been committed, reliable and flexible, but he is experienced enough to know he cannot win games on his own.
“For me, it’s all about the team and if someone had said to me I’d play that many games as a centre-half this season last summer, I’d have probably laughed, but the circumstances we’ve had this season and the injuries we’ve had, I’ve happily played there and we’ve had some good games and results.
“It’s not just about individuals, though, and I know all the lads would put the team and winning games before themselves.”
The Hammers kick-off the eight-match run-in with the visit of Southampton and, with the Saints sitting two points and one place below West Ham in the table, Cresswell says the hosts will need to be fully focused on the job in hand.
“It’s extremely tight at the bottom of the table and I think there are at least six or seven teams who are still right in it.
“If you’re asking me how many points will keep us up, I’d say another three wins and nine points should do it, especially if we win the big, important games against the likes of Southampton and Stoke. If we win those two games, that will take us a few points clear of them.
“It’s easy saying that, but we need to go out there and get those three-point hauls. We’ve got eight cup finals left and we’ve got to win a few of them, at least.”