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Scott Parker is already realising the big problem with Ryan Fredericks but backs ex West Ham star to make a difference

Scott Parker is already realising the big problem with Ryan Fredericks but is backing the ex West Ham star to make a difference.

West Ham fans were excited by the signing of Fredericks from Fulham back in 2018 given his electric pace.

But in the four years since, the right-back failed to ever make the position his own.

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There was the odd standout performance which felt like Fredericks had finally arrived in a West Ham shirt.

But they proved to be false dawns and West Ham decided against renewing the full-back’s contract as he left to join newly-promoted Bournemouth just as he had the Hammers – on a free transfer.

Things looked like they might change for Fredericks when he enjoyed an excellent but brief performance against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup last season.

He used his pace to cut down the right and set up Manuel Lanzini for the only goal of the game at Old Trafford.

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But Fredericks was injured in the process and – as was all too ofte the case during his time at West Ham – he had a long spell out of the side.

Given his pace and versatility, Fredericks should have been Moyes’ dream utility squad player. His performance alongside Vladimir Coufal as a double right-back tag team to shackle Jack Grealish in a win at Villa Park a couple of seasons ago was a great example of that.

But when it came to the crunch the popular character proved far too ponderous and seemingly nervous on the ball.

It was the consistent, niggling injuries that did for Fredericks at the London Stadium.

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Now his new manager Parker is already realising the big problem with Fredericks but is backing the ex West Ham star to make a difference for Bournemouth.

As the clock ticks down to the start of the new Premier League season, Fredericks is injured again. It is another niggling knock – this time to his calf – which will keep him out for two or three weeks.

Former Hammers hero Parker would have known all about Fredericks’ injury issues. But it is that electric pace he ultimately thinks can seriously benefit the Cherries.

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“He’s someone who has been in the division and someone who complements the team as well,” Parker told The Daily Echo of Fredericks.

“When you are trying to recruit and you’re trying to build a team, there’s elements of people’s games that you want to try to bring in to give that compliment to the whole team.

“Ryan definitely brings that. Hopefully we can get him fit and he can be an asset to us.”

‘Hopefully’ indeed.

Fredericks always appreciated playing for West Ham. He admitted in an interview last season he loved every minute of being a West Ham player (whufc.com).

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It is in east London that Fredericks has made a close friend for life in Declan Rice.

But every time it looked like the penny might have dropped for Fredericks at the top level, injuries have derailed his hopes and chances.

By all accounts he is a well-liked player and was always very much about the team when not featuring.

If Parker can get – and keep – him fit West Ham fans will be only too delighted to see Fredericks finally shine on the Premier League stage.

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