The 2-0 loss against Manchester City was just Ryan Fredericks’ second match back from a four-game injury, but the West Ham United right-back was forced off again.
It seemed fairly innocuous at first, but the 27-year-old’s collision with Rodri led to him being forced off with a shoulder injury, visibly in agony when he was on the floor.
ExWHUemployee has given a discouraging update on Fredericks’ situation when speaking about the scan that took place after, as he said: “Apparently the results of that do not look too good and he could be out a while.”
This will feel like a setback for the club, especially as Fredericks is their main right-back, having played 20 times throughout the current campaign.
Pablo Zabaleta was the man to replace him, something that’s a pretty concerning sign. He struggled significantly against Allan Saint-Maximin – the Frenchman made five dribbles when the pair met.
However, this could all mean that there is an exciting development for 19-year-old Jeremy Ngakia as he aims to get further first-team opportunities after making his debut against Liverpool.
The academy graduate gave a good account of himself during that game – especially when it’s considered that he was directly up against Andrew Robertson and Divock Origi. The teenager completed both of his attempted dribbles and was successful in all three of his tackle attempts.
He also continued that positive form against Stoke City U23s when the Hammers’ youngsters played at London Stadium, standing out alongside Bernardo Rosa.
The youngster showed quality and imagination with his passing, while also displaying his technical ability and confidence to produce pieces of skill when he had the ball at his feet.
He was a tireless worker who got up and down the pitch to make an impact in both halves, which paid dividends in the second half. His pressing was a vital part of West Ham regaining the ball back near the Stoke box, which led to Sean Adarkwa’s goal in the 2-2 draw.
Without the injury to Fredericks, it would seem fairly unrealistic to suggest that Ngakia could get more first-team starts this campaign, especially so due to the club’s current predicament. However, it now seems like it may now be a possibility for the teenager.
Meanwhile, fans’ fury shows GSB have made a real blunder.