West Ham supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side pick up a 1-1 draw from their Premier League meeting with Stoke City to edge closer to safety.
David Moyes’ men went into their crucial clash with the Potters off the back of a win over Southampton and a draw with Chelsea, two results which moved the Hammers away from the bottom three. Yet the East London outfit looked on course for a 15th league defeat of the campaign when Peter Crouch gave Paul Lambert’s struggling side the lead deep into the second half, only for Andy Carroll to fire home a superb equaliser in the last minute to preserve a point for Moyes’ team, thus keeping them 14th in the division.
Subsequently, there have been many satisfied West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are growing in confidence that their team will indeed avoid the drop this season, given they are seven points clear of danger with just five games left to play.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Arsenal are interested in luring Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Yet with Moyes’ West Ham also thought to be interested, the £3.6 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about a move to North London, as he would be better served opting for the East London club.
Ultimately, the Hammers have struggled in the right back department in the last few years, with Pablo Zabaleta signed from Manchester City last summer in a bid to bolster those ranks, although at the age of 33 he’s hardly a long-term solution to an evident problem.
And with Sam Byram, signed from Leeds United back in 2016 as the next long-term star in that position, failing to make the necessary adjustments to the Premier League, Moyes’ side are crying out for further reinforcements this summer if they are to move to the next level.
And that is why Fredericks must opt for the Hammers.
The 25-year-old has comfortably been one of the best and most consistent full backs in the Championship in the last few seasons, and appears ready to make the step up to the Premier League and thus prove his credentials at the highest level.
And it would appear that he is more likely to command regular football at the London Stadium than at the Emirates Stadium – ultimately, he is highly unlikely to regularly dispose Hector Bellerin of the right back slot at Arsenal.
As such, although Wenger’s side are reportedly keen on the defender, Fredericks should forget about the Gunners and instead opt for Moyes’ West Ham during the summer as he seeks to further his career.
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