Tottenham Hotspur youngster Ryan Fredericks says he’s had no trouble settling in at Championship side Middlesbrough.
The defender is on loan with Boro as they try and get back into the Premier League and he’s revealed it already feels as though he’s playing at ‘his club’.
“This time it’s been easy (to settle), after one or two days I was thinking ‘this is my club’” he told Gazette Live.
“I thought it might take a few weeks to come in and get a game but I feel like I’m gelling with the team now and know what players can do what and how they like to play so that’s helping me as well. I feel like I’m adapting to the team.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to sign Eric Dier over the summer effectively sealed Fredericks’ fate for this season at least because of the England under-21 star’s ability to play on the right hand side.
Injuries to Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton could have provided him with a chance to step into the Tottenham first team but it’s an opportunity he didn’t receive, which is why he took a loan move away from White Hart Lane.
Fredericks says he would have preferred to earn his right to play in the Middlesbrough first team, getting a shot after a knee injury for Damia Abella.
“It’s never nice to come into the team that way but sometimes that happens and I suppose it’s his loss and my gain. That’s a nice thing, I haven’t got to think ‘will they keep me on’ from month-to-month. I’m here for the season so I can get my feet under the table and get playing.”
Pochettino will be hoping for two things to come from Fredericks’ loan spell.
Firstly, that he’s able to maintain a regular place in the side and secondly, that he stays fit and avoids injury.
With Walker and Naughton both reliable right-back options when fit, he has to try and have a good season to create an impression on his manager, effectively suggesting why he’s a better option in that position than either of those two players.