Declan Rice has taken to Twitter to wish a happy birthday to West Ham teammate Ryan Fredericks.
The full-back turned 27 on Thursday, and his Hammers colleague was eager to congratulate him.
Rice and Fredericks are known to be firm friends, and often appear together in videos for the Irons’ official website.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, the England midfielder said: “Had the best times with you since you’ve arrived, hope you have a good birthday brother”.
This is nice to see, and it hints at a great level of camaraderie in the West Ham dressing room. If the Hammers are to kick on and make a serious play for European football this season then they’re going to need that kind of togetherness. As for Fredricks, he has firmly established himself as Manuel Pellegrini’s number one right-back, and it’s easy to see why. So far this season, he has averaged a Whoscored rating of 6.86, his highest to date in a West Ham shirt, and only just beneath the 6.98 that managed in his last season for Fulham. Moreover, his average 1.1 key passes per game is a joint career best. Fredericks is at the peak of his powers, and the hope will be that given an extended run in the side, he can really kick on and have his best season yet in the top flight.