Is Ryan Fredericks good enough for the Premier League or have West Ham signed a dud?

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In many ways Ryan Fredericks became the poster boy of West Ham United’s summer revolution.

Premier League-winning boss Manuel Pellegrini was appointed on big money.

And he was duly handed £100 million to spend on new players.

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Fredericks, on a free transfer, was the first though when he was snapped up from Fulham.

The Cottagers were apparently desperate to keep him, but could or would not match West Ham’s offer.

Signing Fredericks showed West Ham were approaching transfers in the right way again.

Good age, lightning quick, super fit and an apparent fix for a problem position.

He was even billed the new Kyle Walker.

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New Kyle Walker? Not on the evidence so far

West Ham’s interest in Fredericks stretched back as far as January.

So Hammers fans had been keeping an eye on his performances for Fulham on their way to promotion.

Fredericks was one of the West London club’s star players.

Rampaging up and down the right hand side putting in fierce tackles and terrifying opposition defences with his speed and crossing ability.

So Hammers fans simply cannot fathom what they have seen from Fredericks so far this season.

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Nervous, meek, weak and a severe lack of quality on the ball, Fredericks’ terrible start has mirrored that of the team.

It begs the question is the former sprinter actually good enough for the Premier League?

Have West Ham signed a dud?

Why did West Ham have a seemingly free run at signing him?

Even if you are in the camp which believes Pellegrini is at fault for playing him as part of a brutally exposed back four, instead of utilising him as a wing back, it is no excuse for some of his performances.

Of course as with Pellegrini and West Ham’s eight other signings it is too soon to write anyone off as a failure.

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Fredericks’ performances, given he was so highly regarded, so quick and fit and already used to English football and London life are perhaps the most worrying of the lot, though.

Historically West Ham teams have often only been as good as their fullbacks.

If Fredericks can rediscover his form and swagger then it could well be the catalyst to West Ham turning their fortunes around.

If not the former Tottenham and Millwall man will join a long list of over-hyped English players who simply could not cut it at the top level.

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