Garth Crooks has been blown away by the rise of West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks as the season has gone on.
The 26-year-old moved to the London Stadium last summer after leaving Fulham on a free transfer and has taken his time breaking into the Hammers XI.
But the right-back has started to look a key player in Manuel Pellegrini’s side and has the perfect mentor in veteran full-back Pablo Zabaleta as a teammate.
Fredericks scored his first league goal of the season in a win over Southampton at the weekend, as he stormed into the box and fired a low shot into the corner.
BBC pundit Crooks is impressed by the West Ham defender and feels he’s now starting to make a serious impact.
“The former Tottenham trainee seems to be finding his feet at West Ham and making a name for himself at the same time,” Crooks wrote for BBC Sport.
“Fredericks was outstanding against Southampton. Every time the Hammers launched an attack, he seemed to be entering the frame in a desperate attempt to join it.
“The defender sees danger, is quick and has a sharp eye for goal.”
Fredericks is a speed machine that is blessed with tremendous pace and that’s why he is so effective when he bombs forward down the right flank.
He can be a great outlet for West Ham when they attack and his confidence appears to be growing in the final third.
He’s had to adjust his game defensively following the step up to the top flight, but after a full season with West Ham he now looks to have got to grips with it.
Fredericks should be an important player in the backline going into next year if he can keep improving and was a shrewd addition on a free transfer.