West Ham United signed Ryan Fredericks during the summer transfer window, with the 25-year-old joining on a four-year contract from Fulham.
Fredericks has started three of West Ham’s five Premier League matches this season, but was not included against Everton at the weekend.
Pablo Zabaleta actually started at right-back against the Toffees, and the Argentine put in a fine performance as West Ham recorded a 3-1 win.
Fredericks started his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur, but never made a Premier League appearance for the capital outfit.
The 25-year-old has time on his side as he looks to become a regular with the Hammers, and the club’s supporters have been on social media discussing his form.
There are plenty who feel that Zabaleta is the superior player, and many are hopeful that Fredericks will ultimately learn from the former Manchester City defender, who has bags and bags of top-flight experience.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the West Ham fans can be seen below:
Fredericks is good but Zaba is miles above him
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) September 17, 2018
I think we gotta give Fredericks some time, you saw the threat he poses with that pace vs Arsenal. I think he’ll combine better with Yarmo than with Antonio, he’ll look so muck better overlapping and Yarmo cutting in
— John (@JNFifaHD) September 17, 2018
Imagine Zaba with Fredericks’ pace
— Boris (@AlfieJohnson7) September 17, 2018
Could still learn from him to be honest…
— Phteven Barrows (@StephenBarrows) September 18, 2018
Of course, age brings with it experience….Fredericks has a future.
— Charles Flores (@charlesfloresma) September 18, 2018
He couldn’t have a better mentor
— Oli Jones (@OliJ17) September 17, 2018
Odds on Fredericks will be sold to championship side in January
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@Adam_atLDESIGN) September 17, 2018
Hopefully by January Fredericks will be good enough defensively to nail the position down.
— James (@Terran__Warrior) September 17, 2018
Zaba was our weak link Sunday so if he’s miles in front of Fredericks he must be shit .. Fredericks should play he can bomb forward and u play Creswell at left back with him
— scott barwick (@puffa_the_gen) September 18, 2018