Arsenal are weighing up a shock swoop for Fulham’s standout right-back Ryan Fredericks, according to the Sun.
Would the former Tottenham player be a good signing for the Gunners? Or should he stay put at Craven Cottage?
Fredericks is the Championship’s standout right-back, and I have little doubt he will be playing Premier League football next season.
Arsenal have good options on the right side of defence, but there is something about Fredericks that has to be admired and I could genuinely see him getting some game time at the Emirates Stadium.
However, if Fulham are promoted, I can see the right-back snubbing interest from elsewhere.
It’s a gamble worth taking.
Fredericks is a good player and better than Championship level.
It would be a punt, however, because he doesn’t have the experience of playing for a side like Arsenal and the pressure it entails.
He’d relish the challenge, though, and could be a shrewd signing.
Fulham will struggle to keep Fredericks if they fail to go up but a move to Arsenal would be damaging for his career.
The 25-year-old would definitely be playing second fiddle to Hector Bellerin and with other teams such as West Ham interested, he should look for a mid-table move instead.
At this stage in his career, he needs to be playing games and there will be a queue of Premier League clubs lining up to take him on a free transfer should Fulham stay down.
What a move it would be for the player!
Fredericks has established himself as one of the best right-backs outside the Premier League and whether Fulham are promoted or not he will be in the top-flight next season.
Whether he is good enough for a side that should have Champions League aspirations is very debatable though. Although, with Europa League football likely he could still have a decent role to play and if Arsenal firm up their interest he surely has to go.
He’s going to be a top player and if he gets game time at Arsenal, he will be a class signing.
I’m not usually one for seeing talented players go to big clubs and fade away, but I think Fredericks would fit well at the Emirates.
He’d be a great capture.