Ryan Fredericks believes fear of making a mistake led to his underwhelming form at the start of the season, whufc.com reports.
West Ham signed Fredericks from Fulham on a free transfer last summer but he had some trouble adjusting to life in East London.
The 26-year-old was criticised for some poor displays and found himself behind Pablo Zabaleta in the pecking order before suffering an injury during the winter.
But since his return from injury, Fredericks has wrestled back the starting shirt from Zabaleta and he has put that down to two factors.
Firstly, the ex-Tottenham right-back is now playing with “no fear”. And secondly, he has now got to grips with Manuel Pellegrini’s style of play.
Ryan Fredericks on his form
After a turnaround in form, Fredericks has reflected on his slow start, admitting that he struggled at first. But with renewed confidence, he is now a first-team regular.
Fredericks told the club’s official website: “It took a while for me to get used to the Premier League. At the start, I was probably more thinking about going on the pitch and not making any mistakes and that was causing me not to play my normal game.
“Since I’ve come back from injury and into the team, I’ve felt more confident on the pitch and more confident around the lads and I know what the gaffer wants from me. I’ve been going out on the pitch with no fear and the results are coming, which is nice.”
Ryan Fredericks on West Ham’s style of play
Another reason for Fredericks’ stuttering start to life at West Ham was the change in the style of play.
With a new manager, Fredericks was not the only one to struggle to adjust. But now he believes the team has invested in Pellegrini’s philosophy and the results are showing.
In his interview on whufc.com, Fredericks added: “It’s quite a big switch from the way I played with my former team last season and the way the manager here wants us to play, but it’s firmly instilled in me know and things are happening instinctively and that’s why my performances have been better lately.”