Is Ryan Fredericks a good signing for West Ham United?
West Ham have sealed a deal with Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks. The Englishman put pen to paper with the Hammers, agreeing to a four-year deal. So what does this mean for him and his future at the club?
After his contract ran out at Fulham, Fredericks was approached by West Ham; offering the defender a huge chance to join a Premier League side who are feeling reinvigorated following Manuel Pellegrini's arrival. He took part in Fulham's promotion push, helping The Cottagers win the playoff final against Aston Villa. The 25-year-old finished the campaign on 44 appearances, showing he'll bring a reliability to the London Stadium.
Born in Hammersmith, London, the full-back does have Guyanan heritage; thus making him eligible to play for Guyana. With that being said, he has appeared for England's Under-19's. Being at a club like West Ham only increases his chances at playing top-level international football - down whichever path he eventually decides to take.
Fredericks is known for his blistering pace and being able to contribute to attacking play. He possesses a few traits ideal for a full-back that could improve West Ham's overall outlook. Ideally, he prefers to dribble with the ball, but he also has a keen eye for a pass. Through his setup play, Fredericks managed to create seven assists for Fulham during the season; Clearly, the London club have identified the wide-defensive areas as an area in which they can improve.
With the introduction of new manager Pellegrini, Fredericks is officially the Chilean's first signing this summer. But did the former Man City manager have any say in this recent transfer?
Pellegrini was appointed Hammers boss towards the end of May and was expecting to have £75million to spend. With Fredericks arriving on a free transfer, the situation looks somewhat dicey, this wheeling-and-dealing is what got The Hammers in trouble in the first place. After his recent stint in China, Pellegrini returns to England with big pressure upon his shoulders.
Being wary about their fortunes and recent spendings, Pellegrini is trying to force the issue with the West Ham board; purely because he knows the money is there. It makes sense coming from the new manager's point of view. Hammers fans simply deserve better, bringing in a few marquee signings would help out their situation massively.
To get to where they want to be West Ham need to significantly invest. They are playing in a new stadium which facilitates for many purposes. At the end of the day, though, supporters always want their club to showcase high-calibre footballers. Whether Pellegrini had any say in signing Fredericks is a question we will probably never find the answer to, so will he have any say in who they sign this summer?
The 64-year-old former defender has supposedly had a few transfer request ideas rejected and that he only took the job because of promises he was given upon his arrival. Due to seeing his suggestions turned down, the man from Chile believes the promises are not going to be kept, which immediately creates a problem.
But with all that said, their first signing has now arrived and Fredericks will be chomping at the bit, as the opportunity to become a regular Premier League player doesn't come around all-too-often. He will be competing for a place with players such as Pablo Zabaleta and Sam Byram; beating out those guys certainly won't be easy. He'll have to work hard in training from day one, but if he can secure himself the starting job at West Ham, who knows, England may come calling eventually...