This summer saw West Ham United win the race to sign Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer. The 25-year-old had made the surprise decision to not renew his deal at Fulham, despite earning promotion to the Premier League with the Cottagers.
West Ham were pleased to snap up one of the Championship’s finest full-backs for a bargain price.
However, Fredericks might be wondering if he’s made the right decision with the move after the start to the season.
West Ham have turned around their dismal form at the start of the season. However, one of the key factors behind that form has been the dropping of Fredericks, with veteran Argentine Pablo Zabaleta taking his place.
The idea was to bring stability to a back-line that was leaking goals with the more attack-minded Fredericks in the side.
The 33-year-old now looks likely to be the first-choice at West Ham for the weeks to come and Fredericks will now have to bide his time on the bench.
Meanwhile, at his former club, Fulham have struggled to find the right-back solution. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is now set for a long time on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder with Cyrus Christie the back-up.
Hindsight is a great thing, but at present, it seems Fredericks would have been better off remaining at Craven Cottage.