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Fredericks is thanked by Soldado after winning the Spaniard a penalty.
Ryan Fredericks' last appearances for Tottenham came in the club's ultimately unsuccessful 2011-12 Europa League campaign. He was one of several youngsters deployed by then-manager Harry Redknapp, who made the Premier League the firm priority.
Of those, Tom Carroll, Harry Kane and Andros Townsend have gone on to make an impression in further senior appearances (with legitimate, if not certain, hopes of making it in the long term). Fredericks, on the other hand, fell off the first-team radar.
After a brief spell on loan with Brentford last season, the 21-year-old has returned to the Spurs fold and got his first chance in more than two years vs. Anzhi.
Based on his display, he looks like a far more assured prospect than he was back then.
The half-time substitute for Danny Rose switched with Kyle Naughton to right-back. Despite giving the ball away his first two times in possession, he swiftly settled.
A clearance at the back post five minutes into the second half got him going. Thereafter he played his part in Spurs turning the tide against the briefly resurgent Russians.
Fredericks' first run down the right saw him find a route inside the box where he won a corner. A second foray down the flank led nowhere, but on the third occasion, he delivered a peach of a cross to set up Roberto Soldado for a header that was saved.
His biggest contribution of the night was to come within 10 minutes of that. Another purposeful and incisive charge into the box saw him dance between defenders before losing his balance as Jucilei came in.
It was harsh on the Anzhi captain but a great moment for Fredericks. Soldado noticeably searched out the full-back to thank him after converting the penalty.
What this means for Fredericks' Spurs prospects remains to be seen, but this showing did his cause no harm.