West Ham are in need of some urgent changes under Manuel Pellegrini if they’re to make this season as successful as many believed it would be.
The Chilean has spent over £100 million on new talents for the West Ham squad but so far things haven’t quite gone his way. West Ham had the joint worst goals conceded record in the Premier League last season and that leakage of goals has yet to be rectified by Pellegrini and his staff.
In order to make changes and West Ham harder to beat, a back five could be advisable for Pellegrini, with Ryan Fredericks being brought back in to play as the right-sided wing-back.
The 25-year-old arrived at the London Stadium this summer from newly-promoted Fulham. Fredericks was deemed a good signing by all, mainly because of his commitment, pace and ability to provide attacking chances.
Fredericks, (who is valued at £3.6 million on Transfermarkt) has so far seen able Zabaleta take his position at right-back but if Pellegrini decided to change the system and move the Hammers into a back five, the Englishman has to be brought into the starting line-up because of his pace going forward.
At first glance a back five looks extremely defensive but with wing-backs, West Ham can attack with those players attacking like wingers but when needing to defend, they have five defenders to isolate the oppositions attack.
In his 44 Championship appearances last season, Fredericks earned himself a spot in the team of the year, largely down to an impressive 9 assists being against his name. Not only is he a disciplined defender but also his attacking threat could be a real asset for West Ham if they change system.
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