I wasn’t too disheartened at losing to a Man City team which has been tipped to win the league and a squad that cost hundreds of millions but for the first time this season people have been asking questions about our defence for many reasons including no James Collins and Winston Reid’s shocker
Our defence is normally first class so it’s down to one question: Tomkins or Collins? Yes Collins was injured this week from an international game which is a massive blow but Tomkins has been our regular starter in recent games. James Collins is a first class defender without a shadow of a doubt but at times can be a bit hit and miss.
He missed our best chance against Southampton and you can tell he was extremely frustrated with that as were most West Ham fans, but I don’t think in that position we could get any better. He is now so experienced and strong and in many games I can’t fault him. He really holds our team up and I for one always feel a bit more comfortable when I see him in the starting lineup.
I remember his two goals against Man United in the cup game last season and it’s games and goals like that which makes him such a strong member of the team, I just wish we could see him play like that a bit more. A final thought on Collins, I also think it makes Reid a better player when they are together. They have built up a good partnership and push each other.
James is also a much more defensive-minded player then Tonks at this time as well. James Tomkins has no doubt earned his place in the recent starting line up from performances in the Capital Cup games and is a super defender on his day.
But I do question whether he needs a bit more experience before gaining a regular place. Of course I know he needs games to get experience but he’s still very young and could be a future captain of the club.
I think if he watches Collins for a little while longer and gets that bit stronger he could be the club’s best defender. I also think it was important for him to start getting some games otherwise some other clubs might come looking for him due to the potential and that would be a disaster.
So who at this stage of the season who would you start? I’d still go for Collins, for now at least.