West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks is back in first-team contention after an ankle injury kept him sidelined for a couple of months and fans can expect a strong finish to the season from him.
The 26-year-old joined on a free transfer (BBC) in the summer after departing Fulham and endured a frustrating start to the campaign.
He made just six senior appearances before his injury setback in November and found himself stuck behind veteran teammate Pablo Zabaleta for the right-back starting position.
The full-back appeared to be struggling with the step up to the Premier League at the London Stadium and many supporters had already given up on him.
But Fredericks has been involved in an FA Cup game with AFC Wimbledon and a league fixture with Liverpool recently, where he’s started to look back to his best.
Fredericks was crucial in Fulham’s promotion from the Championship last season, which is why many expected him to coast it when he arrived at West Ham.
He managed nine assists across all competitions last season and was the perfect example of a modern day attacking full-back.
The speed machine has got brilliant qualities to go forward with his dribbling and crossing, something is yet to fully show for the Hammers.
There have been signs that Fredericks is ready for another crack in Manuel Pellegrini’s team now and the manager has to sick with him over Zabaleta.
Fredericks should be able to live up to the pre-season hype if he’s given a run of starts to help rebuild his confidence and can be the class act that supporters expected when he joined.