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Why Ryan Fredericks’ transfer to West Ham United is a sideways move at best

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Why Ryan Fredericks’ transfer to West Ham United is a sideways move at best

Fulham fans will understandably be disappointed at the 25-year-old’s departure.

Earlier this week, full-back Ryan Fredericks left Fulham following the expiration of his contract and joined fellow London club West Ham United.

Now that the dust has settled on the long-rumoured transfer, it is clear the 25-year-old’s decision was ultimately motivated by a thirst for higher wages and represents a sideways move at best.

After refusing to sign a new contract with Fulham due to a failure to agree wages, according to Football.London, Fredericks moved across the capital for tens of thousands of pounds more a week.

But one question dominated the minds of many Fulham supporters and outside observers:

Why leave Fulham, a club that is undoubtedly on the rise and where Fredericks had found his best form, for the unfamiliar setting of West Ham, a club that narrowly avoided relegation last season and is perhaps the definition of dysfunction?

Sadly, the most convincing answer to the dilemma is a desire to make more money.

Clearly, there is nothing wrong with such a request from a player. Professionals deserve to be rewarded for their work and a pay rise is in order after impressive performances.

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Yet Fredericks’ demands to become the highest-paid player at Craven Cottage were a step too far. No matter how well a player performs, no individual is bigger than the club.

As Fulham Vice President Tony Khan noted in the comments section of Kevin McDonald’s latest Instagram post, Fredericks should not be harassed for his decision, which Khan claimed ultimately came down to business concerns.


Khan is right; although Cottagers supporters feel disappointed that the defender jumped ship so quickly, there is no tolerance for abuse of Fredericks.

And yet, the Fulham faithful is more than entitled to feel baffled by Fredericks’ decision to leave the Premier League club for the Hammers. West Ham certainly have more resources than Fulham, but perhaps that’s the lone field where Fulham are bested.

The stark contrast in the atmospheres of the two teams is best exemplified by a comparison of pitch invasions.

Fulham fans stormed the Craven Cottage pitch in glee after securing a spot in the play-off final in May; West Ham supporters ran on to the London Stadium pitch and grappled with their own team’s players in ugly protests in March.

This juxtaposition reveals Fredericks’ ultimate mistake, as dysfunction, uncertainty, protests, and crowd troubles are constant features of life at West Ham.

New manager Manuel Pellegrini has never managed at a bottom half of the table English club before, bringing more uncertainty to an already precarious situation in east London.

Unfortunately for Fulham, Ryan Fredericks decided an uptick in salary was worth a move to a hostile and erratic work environment; in the end, his transfer to West Ham is a misguided action.

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  1. Realist

    June 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Lol, not at all bias.
    A Fulham supporter saying the player leaving his team made the wrong choice, poor article and people don’t take journalists serious if they are not able to separate out personal
    Feelings from facts
    Fulham are a nice team with that I who might be able to survive a season in the Prem but are not in the same bracket as West Ham.
    Their current squad (although now they’ve lost the fastest RB in the Prem) only got promoted via the playoffs and will not spend much money in the summer, relative to West Ham and the rest of the Prem (I don’t know this but we all must think it)
    Fulham would not pay extra wages to one of their better players and they have a manager that will leave this summer or next (if he does half decent this season).
    West Ham have just signed a very successful manager who took teams like Malaga to the Champions League and is coming into a squad that is already much better than Fulham’s current squad (without the additions).
    West Ham have off the field problems but this won’t matter to Fredericks, who fits Pellegrini system (it did nothing but improve Arnautovic).
    West Ham were only one result from top half in the end because of how tough the Prem is, this was with two much worse managers, making a net profit on players and a horrendous injury list.
    With all the upgrades on last seasons problems this seasons West Ham leaves Fulham in the shade.
    The stadium is actually fantastic, unfortunately all new stadiums lose the small stadium atmosphere but with social media and fools that blindly follow it, things always seem worse than they are
    Fredericks could see this and the facts that are Actually visible are that Fulham were not ambitious or rich enough to give him a contract he deserved, West Ham were (Stoke fans said the same last season with Arnautovic, and where are Stoke now?)

  2. Christopher Williams

    June 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    The same reason Marco left Stoke saying WHUFC are a bigger club. More money means more potential. WHUFC are poorly run at board level. The board will only sell in the future when the directors don’t have to pay anything back for the stadium. If the right investor comes in WHUFC could be a huge club. The process is already in place. An American guy called Trip Smith joined the board last year. These things change but at the moment WHUFC are a bigger and more attractive club than Fulham FC.

  3. D Myers

    June 10, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I for one fully agree with this, Ryan is a good player but not the best at the club. I a.m. assuming Fulham would have offered a improved contract to persuade him to stay. He has gone now but I hope when he comes to the cottage with West Ham he gets a great reception. He was a key player in helping us to promotion

  4. Razowine

    June 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Like Fulham and thier top coach jokanovic alot good luck to them I’m sure like wolves they will settle in the premier nicely . As a hammers fan I’m hoping Frederick will be improving under our top coach

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