Manager Sam Allardyce has stated that the signing of Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town this summer has been a shrewd bit of business by the club, and one that will prove to be a bargain.
Cresswell signed for the club for around £4m, and Allardyce believes that with his fitness record and PFA Team Of The Year vote, he will prove to be one of the bargains of the summer.
Allardyce said ”He started at 17 at Tranmere Rovers and played 70 games and Paul Jewell took him to Ipswich when he became manager there. He has played nearly every game over the last three seasons, so he never misses any games through injury.
“He is 24 years old and there has been a very good, steady development over those years. He has over 200 games in the bag.
“He was in the PFA Team of the Year last season, so all of the players he played against saw him as the best left-back in the Championship.
“Of course, the price was right, which was the biggest factor in our transfer dealings this season. If the player is right and the price is right, we do the deal.
“The biggest stumbling block is the size of the fees that are being asked for today. This one was a very, very good signing indeed, not just for right now but also for the future.”