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Ryan Fredericks must be doubting his West Ham decision after tough start

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Ryan Fredericks must be doubting his West Ham decision after tough start

West Ham snapped up the 25-year-old from Fulham on a free transfer this summer.

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.

Fulham’s English defender Ryan Fredericks celebrates on the pitch after the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London on May 26, 2018. – Fulham won the game 1-0, and are promoted to the Premier League. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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