By Noel Whelan

5th Jun, 2020 | 2:46pm

'Like a new signing' - Exclusive: 'Huge' player update at West Ham thrills ex-striker

Ryan Fredericks’ return to fitness will be “like a new signing” for West Ham manager David Moyes, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists having the 27-year-old back is a “huge bonus” ahead of the Premier League restart.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Moyes revealed that Fredericks was back in contention after recovering from a “bad shoulder injury” suffered before lockdown.

The Hammers are set to kick their season back off with a home clash against Wolves on 20 June.

Whelan insists that Fredericks is the perfect example of a modern-day full-back and that Moyes will be delighted to have him back available.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Great player, I’ve always admired him, even when he was at Fulham I thought he was the complete full-back.

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“To have him back is a huge bonus. He’s (Moyes) going down the route of he wants more British players in that team, within that squad and he’s a great acquisition, isn’t he? 

“He’s one of these natural box-to-box players – he can defend, he can attack, he’s got everything at his disposal and a player like that is always missed. To have these sort of players come back, to be given this time to get the fitness that they need, is massive.

“It’s like a new signing for David Moyes.” 

Fredericks has played 20 times for the Irons this season and has battled it out with Pablo Zabaleta for a place in the starting XI.

However, his shoulder injury has kept him out of the club’s last three games.

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