West Ham supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team secure a deserved 1-1 draw from their trip to Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.
David Moyes’ men went into their encounter with the West London outfit off the back of thumping Southampton 3-0 in their most recent league outing, yet they had lost each of their previous three away games prior to Sunday’s encounter at Stamford Bridge. And they looked on course for another defeat when Cesar Azpilicueta gave Antonio Conte’s side a first half lead, only for Javier Hernandez to equalise 17 minutes from time to clinch a vital point for the Hammers in their quest to avoid relegation.
Consequently, there have been many satisfied West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are growing in confidence that their side can indeed beat the drop this season after moving six points clear of danger over the weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks, who is out of contract in the summer (as per Transfermarkt).
Clearly, the 25-year-old has proven his worth in the last few seasons with Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham, with the right back laying on five assists in the Championship last term in their run to the semi-finals of the play-offs, before adding nine this time round as they again seek a Premier League return.
Evidently, the Englishman is hugely adept going forward and has also shown quality defensively during his time at Craven Cottage, and his arrival at West Ham would go some way to solving their issues in the right back department.
Pablo Zabaleta was brought to the club back in the summer as former boss Slaven Bilic sought to improve his options in that position, and while the 33-year-old has performed solidly, he’s hardly the long-term solution.
And with former Leeds United right back Sam Byram doing little to convince of his capabilities, the right back slot is a void that needs filling over the summer by manager Moyes, and this opening must be of interest to Fredericks as he finally goes in search of top-flight football.
And with Cedric Soares performing reasonably well at right back for Southampton, there isn’t a clear opening for the 25-year-old at St Mary’s, while the Saints are certainly in greater danger of relegation than the Hammers at present given they sit third-bottom and three points adrift of safety.
Thus, despite various concerns on and off the pitch at West Ham this season, they look like a more attractive proposition for Fredericks than Southampton, which is why the 25-year-old must forget the Saints and instead opt for the Hammers this summer.
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