West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks thinks Ruben Neves is a key threat to be wary of this Saturday.
The Hammers welcome Wolves to the London Stadium for a 3pm kick off.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team are desperate to get off the mark, after losing each of their first three league matches.
The Londoners are the only team in the Premier League not to get a single point so far.
Last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal showed signs of real promise, and that was followed up with a midweek victory over AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.
The team have slowly been improving under the new manager’s methods, but perhaps it’s time now for the players to turn promise into results.
Fredericks looks to the weekend
English defender Fredericks has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the game.
The full-back reckons the Irons need to go out there and ‘dominate’ their opponents.
The 25-year-old knows Wolves pretty well after facing them seven times in the last four years as a Fulham player.
He said: “At Championship level, Wolves were very good. They had a solid back line with three solid centre-halves and two wing-backs who joined in all the attacks, which they are doing again in the Premier League.”
And the key threat?
There’s one man who Fredericks believes his teammates need to be wary of more than most.
A man who has seriously impressed in midfield since transferring to Molineux from FC Porto in 2017.
He added: “They’ve got creative players in the forward line who can create goals and score goals and interchange play quickly and then the boy Ruben Neves in midfield who can pick a pass from pretty much anywhere.”
Fredericks is not wrong; Neves is a fantastic player and the Hammers cannot allow him to find any kind of rhythm.
The 21-year-old has shown a brilliant passing range since arriving in English football.
He is also a deadly long distance shooter so it will important for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez to press hard and press fast.