Ryan Fredericks arguably produced his finest performance in a West Ham shirt in the 3-0 win over Southampton yesterday.
The Hammers brushed Southampton aside at the London Stadium. Marko Arnautovic scored twice and Fredericks capped a fine performance by making it three.
Fredericks has been in and out of the team since his free transfer from Fulham last summer. Injury has played some part in that but now he is back and fully firing.
The 26-year-old has overtaken veteran Pablo Zabaleta in the pecking order and made the right-back spot his own. This was confirmed against Southampton as Fredericks produced a masterclass at both ends.
With some important defensive interventions and constant attacking threat, it was a complete performance. And Fredericks took his goal well.
The ex-Spurs defender combined with Jack Wilshere, playing a one-two before lashing the ball into the bottom corner. The joy on his face was clear to see.
West Ham have been linked with some right-backs ahead of the summer. Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool is a £15m target, according to Goal. But Fredericks could save the club millions if he continues like this.
Here are some tweets from Hammers fans discussing Fredericks’ performance.
Machine! Hope you secure the RB position next season.
— EHL (@KevinRo88665103) May 5, 2019
Great performance today , after a tricky start to premiership life , but like @Michailantonio , He came good eventually , and so have you, well done⚒️⚒️👏👏
— ⚒ E20 HAMMER ⚒ (@Under5ives) May 4, 2019
Not even being funny, that was one of the best performances from anyone I’ve seen in a West Ham shirt, smashed it mate 👏🏻
— Matt (@MattR_WHUFC) May 4, 2019
Your celebration reflected your passion in that very moment so pleased for you
Number 1 right back next season your playing like a real predator
— dan_whufc_twit (@dan_whufc_twit) May 5, 2019
This guy is starting to look like the player that we all thought he could be when he arrived last summer. Scary pace and always looking to get forward. Unreal yesterday.
— Joshua Rolfe (@JoshRolfe) May 5, 2019
Brilliant always had lovely shot on him. With Fredericks, Zaba Staying & Johnson looking class why do we need Clyne…. Hope Rubbish
Right Back covered great work Fredericks👏
— Ryan Fox (@Fox_Footie) May 4, 2019