Ryan Fredericks deserves a lot of credit for the way in which he went about his business for West Ham against Dinamo Zagreb last night.
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The 28-year-old will not play much this season. He is Vladimir Coufal’s understudy.
The Czech is one of the best right-backs in the league so Fredericks will have to make do with cup games here and there.
The former Fulham right-back is a real professional, however. And he proved last night that he has so much to offer West Ham, despite the fact that he will probably not play more than 10 games this season.
Ryan Fredericks deserves a lot of credit
He really has been given a lot of unfair stick from some sections of the West Ham fanbase over the past year or so.
The 28-year-old is out of contract with the Hammers in just nine months time.
Bearing that in mind, it would be easy for him to take his foot off the gas.
Fredericks’ performance last night proved that he is more than capable of filling in here and there for Coufal, however.
He possesses blistering pace, always offers an out ball for us in the final third and seems to have improved upon his positioning and defending.
The former Fulham man really didn’t put a foot wrong last night. His performance was impeccable. The only way it could have been better would have been if he slotted home when played through by Michail Antonio in the first half.
Fredericks is more than able to serve as Coufal’s deputy. David Moyes couldn’t sign player of similar quality to Vlad to cover for him. Whoever that player is, he wouldn’t want to come to the London Stadium to sit on the bench.
The Hammers already have the ideal backup right-back in the form of Ryan Fredericks.
Last night proved that he deserves more respect.
And certainly a lot more appreciation for the professionalism that he continues to show.