Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks was thought to be a player on Crystal Palace’s radar heading into the summer transfer window but following the White’s promotion to the Premier League following their victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, the right-back now looks likely to be staying put at Craven Cottage.
Whilst he is coming towards the end of his contract in south west London, the chance to play in the top flight under the guidance of Slavisa Jokanovic is likely to appeal to him given the wonderful football they’ve played together since August.
Having started his career at Tottenham, Ryan spent spells on loan at Brentford, Millwall and Middlesbrough between 2010 and 2015, before making a permanent move to Bristol City that August. Surprisingly, Ryan spent less than a month on the books at Ashton Gate before making the switch to Fulham after complaining of home-sickness. Born in Hammersmith, the 25-year-old literally couldn’t have moved closer to home and has been there ever since.
With Fredericks and Fulham having been beaten to an automatic promotion spot by Neil Warnock and Cardiff, they were forced to bite their nails and enter the lottery that is the Championship play-offs, fueling speculation that the right-back was all set to move on if they failed to make it to the Premier League but now that promotion has been secured, it sounds as though Ryan is open to the idea of a contract extension.
Roy Hodgson and Dougie Freedman were present at Craven Cottage for the play-off semi-final second-leg against Derby, seemingly taking a closer look at both Fredericks and Aleksandar Mitrovic and whilst there may still be a chance of us landing one or both of them, the deals will have been complicated hugely by the fact that Fulham will now be going toe-to-toe with us next term.
Should we move on or make our interest in Fredericks concrete by offering him a deal?