West Ham must axe Fredericks

West Ham United will make the short trip through the capital to west London to take on Brentford this afternoon as the Hammers look to cement their place in the Premier League top six.

The Hammers are currently sixth in the top flight, but only on goal difference with Manchester United level on points for seventh.

As well as looking to finish in the top six, David Moyes’ side continue to compete in Europe with the East London outfit securing a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Lyon on Thursday. .



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Moyes fielded a largely strong side, however the inclusion of Ryan Fredericks was a mistake that was evident in the French side’s draw and cannot be repeated at Brentford Community Stadium today.

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West Ham are lucky when it comes to numbers at right-back, with Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson and Fredericks all being important parts of the first-team image.

Coufal has often been the first-choice pick of the trio over the past two seasons, however, having recently returned from a groin injury, the Czech Republic international remained on the bench on Thursday night.

That ultimately proved to be a mistake with Fredericks struggling on the big European stage; even Johnson would have been a better shout.

Against Lyon, the Englishman completed just over half of his passes with 58% accuracy, lost possession 20 times and completed zero crosses or long balls.

The 29-year-old has been labeled the Irons’ worst defender, a bold claim given the discontent among the fanbase regarding Issa Diop’s performances this season.

Furthermore, according to SofaScore, the £38k per week right-back has been West Ham’s worst player this season with an average Premier League rating of 6.42, having played just six league games.

Granted, with limited appearances, the 29-year-old’s numbers are down. Although, it is still clear to conclude that he is far below the standard that the Hammers are now consistently trying to achieve.

Who should start instead of Fredericks?

Johnson

Johnson

Coufal

Coufal

is considered to have had a “Disgusting surprise” recently against Newcastle by journalist Tom Clark, Fredericks have yet to complete a successful dribble in the top flight and have also lost possession an average of 5.3 times per game. Additionally, the right back is averaging just 0.3 interceptions, 0.3 tackles and 0.8 clearances per game.

To put this in perspective, Coufal is averaging 0.9 interceptions, 1.7 tackles and two clearances in each game, while Johnson’s tally is 1.3 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 2.5 clearances.

It will be up to Moyes to choose who he likes best to deal with Brentford this afternoon, however it is vital that Fredericks is not in that starting line-up if the Scot is truly to secure a top six finish.

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