Fulham star Ryan Fredericks proving he’s just as important as Ryan Sessegnon for Cottagers

THE way that Fulham play means their full-backs are often the players who provide the greatest attacking threat.

Ryan Sessegnon, 17, steals a lot of the headlines on the left but right-back Ryan Fredericks has been equally as effective on the other flank.

They both have four assists this season, the joint-most at the club.

I watched Fredericks against Derby earlier this season and he was my man of the match.

The 25-year-old has been linked with Premier League clubs this month and that is no surprise to those who have seen him — he has a great all-round game.

Firstly, the former Under-19 England player is unbelievably quick and looks to get forward at every opportunity.


Fulham generally play a 4-3-3 with the front three playing quite narrow, forcing the opposition full-backs to tuck in to deal with the threat. This creates a lot of space down the flanks — which has brought out the best of Fredericks.

Along with his speed he also has a good final ball and I’ve noticed he would get in behind the opposition and look to play low balls across the six-yard box.

He plays more like a winger at times but that doesn’t mean he can’t defend.

He will rarely get caught out because of his pace and generally one of the three midfielders will cover his and Sessegnon’s forward runs.

Fulham are really on a roll now and won’t look at the ten-point gap to second-placed Derby as too big a mountain to climb.

They offered a lot going forward earlier this season but didn’t score enough goals.

But they have now hit 13 in their last five, compared to 13 goals in their 11 games before that.

There might still be an uncertainty over their  manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s future but that won’t affect the players one bit. On their day they are a match for anyone in the league.

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