MATCH catches up with West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell to get all the dressing room lowdown…
AARON SAYS: “Most probably Felipe Anderson or Michail Antonio. We need to set up a race for them two to see who’d win – I’d like to see that! But if I was picking a winner, I’d go for Felipe over 100 metres!”
AARON SAYS: “The strongest is probably big Andy Carroll – you just try and stay away from him on the training pitch! Once he gets a run on you, he can knock anyone over!”
AARON SAYS: “Mark Noble. He always gives 110% effort, every single session. If it’s flat in training, he’ll go in for a big tackle to get everybody going – although when it’s on a Friday afternoon you think, ‘Come on Nobes, have a day off!’”
AARON SAYS: “Manuel Lanzini. He’s not about scoring goals, just skills, tricks and embarrassing people! When you’re near him you’ve got to try and keep your legs close together – there was one session where he nutmegged both Alex Song and Diafra Sakho within about 30 seconds!”
THE BIGGEST MOANER!
AARON SAYS: “I’d probably have to give it to Nobes again. Say the ball nearly goes out of play in training, and he’s 50 yards away, he’ll still moan and say it was off. The coach could be two yards from it and say play on, but somehow Nobes will still argue with him!”
AARON SAYS: “Lucas Perez. He’s not been in the team that much, but when we do small-sided games, you always want him in your team because he’s guaranteed to score goals. He’s got a great strike on him – he’s just touch, goal – so he’s always one of the first to get picked.”
THE MOST INTELLIGENT!
AARON SAYS: “Andy Carroll thinks he is but he couldn’t be further from it! We do quizzes at the back of the bus and he thinks he knows the answer to every question, but he rarely gets them right! Pablo Zabaleta always comes across as intelligent – he’s a bit older and
a guy with a lot of experience.”
AARON SAYS: “I’d say Robert Snodgrass or Andy Carroll – they’re always winding people up and playing pranks, so definitely those two!”
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