Ryan Fredericks may have already played his final game for West Ham United amid reports David Moyes may look to sell the defender in January.
According to ExWHUemployee, while speaking on the West Ham Way podcast, Moyes will not fight to save Fredericks’ London Stadium future should offers arrive for the outcast full-back in the upcoming January window.
Fredericks has fallen down the Scottish coach’s pecking order following the summer arrival of Vladimir Coufal, who has started each of the Irons’ eight Premier League fixtures since completing a £5.4million move from Slavia Prague.
Fredericks began the campaign as Moyes’ favoured choice at right-back but lost his place in the side after sustaining a hamstring injury during the second half of West Ham’s 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 28-year-old has not been seen on the pitch since September’s encounter with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and has only featured on the bench in four of the following eight matchday squads, with Moyes happy to call on 20-year-old Ben Johnson for cover.
Moyes believes Johnson has the potential to serve as Coufal’s understudy full-time, making room for the Hammers to offload Fredericks and his £40,000-per-week contract that runs through to the summer of 2022.
Fredericks leaving the London Stadium this winter would not be a decision that will surprise many West Ham supporters, given the performances of Coufal in claret and blue and Moyes’ recent tendency to favour Johnson as his back-up full-back.
Fredericks has found it challenging to displace Coufal in the starting line-up since recovering from injury, as the Czech Republic international hit the ground running in east London and only began showing signs of struggle in the second half of last Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United when Marcus Rashford’s pace exploited a weakness to his game.
Johnson also moving up to the number two slot has now not even left any room on the bench for Fredericks to occupy, and his only hopes of a return would be through injury or Moyes opting to send Johnson out on loan to gain regular first-team football this winter.
But a decision on Johnson’s future may be more likely in the summer, at which point West Ham will only be subject to limited offers for Johnson with his contract entering its final year and risk losing the 28-year-old for the same amount they paid for him in 2018. Nothing.
West Ham will be eager to avoid recording a total loss on Fredericks so, if his future is not at the London Stadium, a January move is best for the £3.6m-rated defender and Moyes would be right to not stand in the former Fulham full-back’s way.