Ryan Fredericks was completely omitted from a segment on West Ham United’s official website labelled ‘breaking down the role of a full-back’.
Fredericks, 29, joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Fulham in the summer of 2018 and he arrived at the London Stadium with a big reputation.
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Unfortunately for him and West Ham though, he has failed to establish himself at the club.
Fredericks is a really poor defender and he isn’t great going forward either. The 29-year-old has pace in abundance but that’s it. He’s a glorified sprinter really, not a Premier League footballer.
This may all sound rather harsh but there is no room for sentiment in the Premier League. With Fredericks’ contract set to expire in the summer, there is a good chance that David Moyes will move him on.
And we think that the club may have already dropped a hint that that could well be the case.
Ryan Fredericks facing grim West Ham future
In all fairness, the writing was already on the wall for the right-back.
He has been incredibly poor this season and has struggled with numerous injury problems.
But the latest blow to Fredericks’ hopes of a future at the London Stadium came via the club’s official website.
West Ham ran a ‘breaking down the role of a full-back’ segment with Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal on the club’s official website.
Fredericks, meanwhile, was conspicuous in his absence.
That says all we need to know about the 29-year-old’s ability to fulfil the modern day role of a full-back.
Perhaps we’re just looking too much into this and are slightly too cynical.
If you were the 29-year-old though and the club omitted you from a segment about your specific position, wouldn’t that be somewhat of a kick in the teeth?
We think so.
And we believe that if West Ham had any plans to keep Fredericks around beyond the end of this season, he would have been alongside Cresswell, Johnson and Coufal on the ‘breaking down the role of a full-back’ segment on the official club website.