West Ham defender Arthur Masauaku has returned to training ahead of the club’s visit to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. The defender has not featured this calendar year after being sidelined after having knee surgery in December.
Last summer Masuaku was one of the players that could have found himself on the transfer list after a difficult 2019/20 season. However, after a switch of system’s by David Moyes, the defender became a crucial member of the team this season. The defender is a unique talent and a brilliant attacking wing-back.
Masuaku formed a terrific partnership with fellow left-back Aaron Cresswell on the left side of the defence. The success that was found in their partnership was one of the reasons for the club’s good start to the season. Cresswell adapted to the left centre back role with ease and became a different kind of threat to other teams with his inside runs and deliveries from deep.
West Ham players will be happy to see defender Arthur Masuaku back on the training pitch ahead of the crucial run-in for the rest of the season.
Masuaku was allowed to be unconfined by defensive responsibilities, which allowed him to flourish. The defender has always been good going forward but has lacked some defensive awareness at times. The 27-year-old will be looking forward to rekindling his chemistry with Cresswell, Said Benrahma and will be looking forward to playing with Jesse Lingard.
The news was announced on West Ham’s social media when they released a video of training on Twitter. The video shows Masuaku coming out onto the training pitch with Benrahma and Issa Diop with a lot of excitement. The defender also took part in a lot of different drills, which might suggest he is not too far from his return to the pitch.
Masuaku also posted a picture of himself and Diop on his Twitter account with the caption “Guess who’s (almost) back?”. The news of his return will be a big boost to the team as he is a highly rated player in the squad. The defender will most likely miss the game against Manchester United but could be ready to contribute to the team’s run in and Champions League challenge.