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.
“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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