Ryan Fredericks spoke exclusively to the club’s official website, and admitted that training at West Ham has been incredibly tough over the past few weeks.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Fulham on a free transfer in the summer of 2018. He struggled with injuries last season, however, and he has made just 22 appearances for the east London outfit.
Fredericks has played in all four of West Ham’s Premier League games this season, however.
The Hammers seem to be in great shape this season.
Having taken seven points from their opening four league games, they look like a great bet for a top seven finish.
And it seems as though Manuel Pellegrini is pushing his players to the limit.
Fredericks spoke to West Ham’s official website, and admitted that the Chilean has really been putting the players through their paces in training recently:
“It’s been really tough. I think people get the perception that the international lads go away and we’re just out there playing head tennis or taking it easy, but that’s definitely not the case. The hardest sessions were the ones at the end of last week. The manager has drilled us into us that we’ve started well, but we still have loads of work to do. Training is intense, but this is what he wants and it’s what we want.”
It has been a long-standing myth that the players who are not involved in international action get somewhat of a breather during the two-week break from league action.
And Fredericks’ remarks obviously dispel that notion.
West Ham face Aston Villa on Monday night, before playing host to Manchester United the following week.
And the intense training sessions should stand the Hammers in good stead, heading into what will be a vitally important round of matches before the next international break.