Ryan Fredericks is shocked to see his former club Fulham floundering at the foot of the Premier League.
Full-back Fredericks helped the Whites to promotion from the Championship last season before opting to move across London to West Ham in the summer.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is under mounting pressure but Fredericks has backed his old boss to move them away from the relegation zone.
“When he came in we were sitting near the bottom of the Championship, he came in and transformed the club, so I think 100 per cent he deserves to stay and hopefully he will turn things round,” Fredericks said.
“I’m surprised, but they’ve got what it takes to get out of trouble and I really hope they do. They’ve got enough quality in the team, it’s probably just a big learning curve for them.
“It’s different from the Championship, where we were having probably 70 or 80 per cent possession in games. Now you have to defend for your life. But I’m sure they’re good enough to get out of it.”
Fredericks’ West Ham career has got off to a tough start – his only three Premier League appearances so far came in defeats to Liverpool, Arsenal and Wolves.
The 26-year-old has slipped behind veteran Pablo Zabaleta in the battle for the right-back slot but he is willing to bide his time while learning from the two-time Premier League winner.
“I played the first few games and we were without a win so it was tough,” Fredericks added.
“But on a good note the team is doing well now and so it’s a challenge for me to get back into the team.
“Pablo has played at the top level for the last 10 years and probably been the best right-back in the league. I’m watching what he’s doing from the bench and trying to bring that into my game.”