This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Ryan Fredericks joined West Ham United in the summer of 2018, it seemed like a fairly good move, considering it was a free transfer, as per Transfermarkt.
Initially, he was recruited as Pablo Zabaleta’s understudy, as signified by the fact that the Argentinian started 23 Premier League games and came off the bench in 3, as per WhoScored, compared to Fredericks’ record of 12 starts and 3 substitute appearances.
However, things have completely turned around this campaign, as the 27-year-old (prior to the Everton game at the weekend) has started every one of the Hammers’ league matches this campaign.
In those appearances, he has 1 assist, while averaging 2.6 tackles, 1 interception, 1.6 clearances, 0.8 blocks, 1.1 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game – indicating how well rounded he has been on the right side.
This perhaps shows that Fredericks could be the long-term right-back the Hammers have been crying out for in recent years, with the likes of Sam Byram, Alvaro Arbeloa and Carl Jenkinson failing to make an impact while they were in the team, with players such as Michail Antonio and James Tomkins being made to play out of position and fill in there.
To have got someone who could potentially fill what has been a problem position for years to come for free is a brilliant piece of business from the Hammers.
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