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Hammer on the chopping block

Ryan Fredericks is facing up to the prospect of being sold in the January transfer window.

The right-back has found himself falling down the pecking order in recent weeks and is now the third-choice right-back at the club.

Ben Johnson’s emergence since Vlad Coufal’s injury is likely the final nail in the Fredericks coffin and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he is set to be placed on the market in January.

It remains to be seen if any club will be willing to take him given that he will be available on a free in the summer but there simply isn’t a need for him at the London Stadium anymore.

Fredericks has also struggled with injury issues in recent seasons, perhaps further diminishing his value.

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Andriy Yarmolenko is another player who could be sold in January, with the Hammers looking to raise funds to strengthen David Moyes’ squad.

A striker is required, while there could also be further investment at left-back.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Hammer on the chopping block

  1. I am again mystified as to why stories are again arising about tearing up the best and strongest squad we have had in years. Only a couple of weeks ago Fredericks was making a brilliant committed run which thrillingly set up Lanzini for a memorable winner at Old Trafford. It was so committed he unfortunately got injured. There also seems a rush to get rid of Arthur despite him carrying much of our second half threat last night. Johnston is currently having to cover right and left back so Fredericks providing extra cover at right back seems entirely sensible. Why anybody thinks we can rush out and gamble on getting better than Fredericks at full back cover is again a complete mystery to me. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Fredericks as cover seems a sensible backup plan for the multitude of fixtures we are likely to face in the months ahead in both cups and Europe.

  2. Spot on, David. The commitment and togetherness of the whole squad is evident. Fredericks has looked good whenever he’s played this season in my opinion and Yarmolenko looks like he’s enjoying his football – and I think he’s still got an important goal or 2 in him this season. There’s no-one that I’ve seen that doesn’t seem to want to be part of it, post Haller and Anderson. Both talented footballers, but they didn’t suit the Premiership or the way David Moyes wanted the team to play. Yes, some additions in Jan could be helpful if they are the right fit for us – otherwise, let’s all enjoy the ride together. COYI!!!

  3. I’m in agreement with David and Good Old Daze, why do we need to sell decent cover? I would also add that Fredericks is Declans best mate at the club and if we were to sell him it might push Rice out the door at the end of the season. Whilst I would normally say keeping a player just to keep another player happy is ridiculous, anything to keep Declan at the club is 100% worth doing.

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