Ryan Fredericks played the second half on Friday night as West Ham United swept away Fulham 3-1 at the London Stadium.
The defender’s recent uptick in form and playing time at West Ham, combined with Fulham’s Premier League woes, reveal Fredericks made the correct decision to swap west London for east London this summer.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player was an integral part of Fulham’s promotion-winning team, establishing himself as an ever-present at right back as the Whites won the play-offs last year.
With his blistering pace, strength in the tackle, and ambitious attacking instincts, Fredericks was a perfect fit for Slavisa Jokanovic’s swaggering side.
But the Englishman shocked the Fulham fanbase when he refused to sign a new contract and joined West Ham on a free in June.
At the time, the decision was questioned by Whites supporters who wondered how Fredericks would adapt to the unpredictable situation at West Ham and whether he would play regularly.
After a tough start in the fall, Fredericks has recovered from injury and established himself as a key part of the West Ham squad, particularly impressing in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Instead of battling the drop with Fulham, Ryan Fredericks is enjoying life with the ambitious Hammers — a clear vindication of his ruthless decision to ditch the Cottagers this summer.