By 90Min
December 27, 2017

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell continues to be on the receiving end of a torrent of social media abuse, after the Hammers' roller-coaster 3-3 draw with AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day. 

Despite providing the delivery from a corner for James Collins' opener for David Moyes' side against the Cherries, the 28-year-old has again fallen foul of a number of West Ham fans, citing his defensive frailties even if his attacking game has shown merit. 

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Despite being a regular fixture in East London during the past few seasons, Cresswell remains a divisive figure amongst the Irons' fanbase, with his showing at Dean Court seemingly doing little to curry favour with West Ham fans.

The left-back was culpable for conceding the corner which led to Nathan Ake's goal to give Bournemouth a temporary 2-1 lead, and social media were not impressed:

 But there are those who believe Cresswell is being treated harshly by some corners:

Since his £3.75m switch from Championship side Ipswich Town in July 2014, Cresswell has been an integral part of the West Ham set-up under former boss Slaven Bilic and now Moyes.

Primarily a full-back, Cresswell was initially credited with tightening up the Hammers' back line, throwing in a measure of flair and attacking intent from set-pieces and down the left flank.

Now in his fourth season with the club, the defender has 119 appearances and four goals to his name, despite a spell of injury problems last season.

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With three assists and six clean sheets alone this term - with a total of ten Premier League assists and 25 shutouts in his past three campaigns - there have been accusations that 

Cresswell has taken a step backwards in his progress. 

Whilst the Hammers continue to improve under Moyes, the England international has been tentatively experimented with in a back three, but on the basis of social media opinion at least, it is not a venture that many will want to see much more of.

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