West Ham put in a fine display away at Southampton today.
Not everyone on the pitch impressed, however.
Ryan Fredericks has been nowhere near his best this season. And he put in another abject display against the Saints.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 after his contract expired with Fulham.
Fredericks’ game is built around pace, but he seems to lack any kind of confidence to actually run at defenders.
The problem for West Ham is that they only have the ageing Pablo Zabaleta as competition for the former Fulham man.
The 26-year-old arrived at the London Stadium with a big reputation. He was one of the Championship’s most exciting players in the 2018/18 campaign.
But maybe that’s his level? That might be a tad harsh, but he really does have a lot of improving to do.
Some West Ham fans took to Twitter and slated Fredericks for his performance against Southampton this evening…
Fredericks isn’t good. Just fast.
Significant investment needed in RB this summer, especially bc we’re losing a RB (Zaba).
But Fredericks is a solid backup option so I wouldn’t sell him. https://t.co/7tBwkcnKVc
— West Ham USA ⚒ (@USAWestHamUSA) December 14, 2019
Worst player has been Fredericks we need another full back for me his passing is horrible
— Jonesy ☆ (@RockyWhu) December 14, 2019
Fredericks is having a stinker thus far.
— Luke Wheeler (@LukeWheelerr_) December 14, 2019
Superb, Haller & Antonio brilliant, Snoddy and Fredericks are a worry, Fournals been brilliant as well
— Dan Heath (@danheath2011) December 14, 2019
Fredericks is awful. Championship player
— Luke Pacey (@lukepacey1) December 14, 2019
It’s Fredericks mate absmyl player.
— 🌹 (@Essiere_14) December 14, 2019
Antonio and haller have been great. Really like what I see from fornals but not involved enough. Rice and especially fredericks have been poor
— Dylan (@didsofire) December 14, 2019
Fredericks was exceptionally poor.
— Steve Eisner (@1westhamfan) December 14, 2019
Anyone else not rate Fredericks?
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) December 14, 2019
Fredericks has looked a bit of a liability. Needs to improve as almost everyone else has contributed well 1st half #whufc
— Stuart Jones (@StudiniJones) December 14, 2019
Never knows what to do on the ball and is prone to make at least one terrible mistake per game. But the replacement is Zabaleta who cannot function consistently in top flight football any more. The decision to give him a new contract seems bizarre.
— VINNYWHUFC (@vinnywhufc) December 14, 2019
Rubbish, has he passed to a West Ham player yet.
— Adam Barnett (@AdamBarnski) December 14, 2019
He’s a liability mate!!
— Lee Petticrew (@LeePetticrew) December 14, 2019
get out my club
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) December 14, 2019