Following some intense scrutiny over the past few months for West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell, supporters are beginning to question whether or not he should still start for the Hammers this season.

As West Ham’s summer transfer window continues, there have been many calls for the club to sign a new left-back.

Vice-captain Aaron Cresswell has endured a tough few months from some supporters following his red cards in the Europa League quarter-final and semi-final.

At times there have been instances where the defender has been caught out by the opposition and now the Hammers are looking to add further squad depth in that area of the pitch.

In addition to this, the former England international is approaching the age of 32, which has led to further cause to find a replacement this summer.

Current understudy Arthur Masuaku is also available to come on in that position, but a lack of consistency and reliability from the 28-year-old casts doubt over his ability to be a good enough back up moving forward.

It is therefore important for manager David Moyes to find a new left-back now, who can come in and take the Hammers to the next level.

There have been many transfer rumours suggesting that the club are interested in Hoffenheim full-back David Raum, who has burst onto the scene in emphatic fashion following a successful season in the German Bundesliga.

Although Raum may cost over £30million, he would definitely be a good signing for the Hammers going forward.

However, despite this, West Ham supporters should not forget how reliable Cresswell has been for the club over the years, and the performances he put in last season.

The 32-year-old is still an integral part of this Hammers team and despite making a few costly mistakes, he still remains as a key figure on and off the pitch at West Ham.

Creswell’s set pieces, crossing ability and defensive presence has made him one of the club’s stand out performers over the years.

Just over the past two seasons he has produced 16 assists for the Hammers from a defensive position, highlighting how effective he can be to the squad.

Although the club does need to look forward to the future with a new left-back to replace Cresswell, he is still talented enough to continue in his role going forward until then.

The defender is still key to David Moyes’ project and now even more so as he takes a larger responsibility on and off the pitch for West Ham.