Date: 6th May 2019 at 10:38am
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OPINION

It’s hard to fully decide how well West Ham have come out of this season. 

With just one game left to go, the Hammers will finish somewhere between ninth and 12th, and in truth, that’s probably fair enough.

There have been fine performances that have snatched emphatic results and shocking outings that have led to baffling defeats.

Their median is probably deserving of mid-table obscurity, and yet, as underwhelming as this season may have been, you can’t help feeling that solid progress has been made.

On their day, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are good enough to give anybody a game. The Chilean just needs to find a way of making it their day more often.

A perfect case study of their season is the emblematic progression of Ryan Fredericks.

The right-back signed from Fulham in the summer and spent a large amount of his first few months at the London Stadium in the treatment room.

Upon his return he fluctuated heavily between decent and downright worrying, but in the past few weeks he has really kicked on.

His latest performance, a goalscoring turn in the 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, was arguably his best game in claret and blue yet, and it will come as a massive source of relief for his manager.

If we’re being honest, Pablo Zabaleta is finished as a first choice option, and if Fredericks’ form hadn’t picked up, it was looking evermore likely that the Irons were going to have to sign an alternative in the transfer window.

That could have cost millions, but now, with the 26-year-old starting to look more and more accomplished, the need to buy looks a whole lot slimmer.

Fredericks might just have saved West Ham a fortune.