Aaron Cresswell on course for dream double
AARON Cresswell is on course to scoop a dream double in his debut season at Ipswich Town.
The 22-year-old left-back is favourite to land the official ‘Supporters’ Player of the Year’ award on Saturday night – currently leading the online poll with 41% ahead of Carlos Edwards (26%) and Lee Martin (13%).
And he could well end up getting the vote of his peers for ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ too, after a trio of his team-mates sung his praises this week.
Veteran Mark Kennedy, right, – who is set to hang up his boots and become a coach at the club this summer after being kept out of the team all season by Cresswell – said: “Cressie’s had a great season which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. He’s impressed from the first day he walked into the club and he’s got a great future ahead of him.
“Hopefully Joe Whight can push him along next season too.”
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When Cresswell arrived at the club from League One club Tranmere for a tribunal fee last summer – �240,000 possibly rising to �520,000 – he stated his goal was simply to work his way into the first-team fold. He’s ended up starting all but one of the Blues’ 45 league and cup matches so far though.
Asked who he thought ‘Player of the Year’ should be, Lee Martin – who himself has been a revelation in the second half of the campaign – said: “I can’t say my mate Andy (Drury) can I? It’s hard because we’ve had spells where we’ve been good and then not so good. Players have been out and come back in again.
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“The most common candidates are Cressie and Carlos because they have played all season. They’ve both done unbelievable, but there are players who have come back and helped turn the season around. Without them we’d still be right down there in the relegation mix.
“If you pushed me I’d probably say Cressie because he is still a young lad, in his first season at the club and has played virtually every minute of every game.”
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Millwall, centre-back Damien Delaney said: “Things turned at the start of the year when Andy Drury, Lee Martin and Luke Hyam came into the team, around the time of the West Ham win. That is when the momentum shifted – it put the breaks on what could have been a very difficult season.
“Lee (Martin) has been exceptional for us, Andy (Drury) has been outstanding when he’s played, Cressie has been solid at the back, while Carlos has been pretty good too. You can’t look past those four.”