Tuesday, July 5
Hope West Ham haven't made a mistake selling James Tomkins to Crystal Palace. Past seasons suggest we need four quality centre backs so presumably Reece Oxford or Reece Burke (who did well at Bradford) will become our fourth centre back alongside Ogbonna, Reid and Collins. But potential is one thing, Tomkins was a proven PL centre back who could play at right-back as well. Last season James played against Aston Villa after having 13 stitches in a head wound sustained at Anfield, which shows his commitment to the Hammers. He made 243 appearances for the Irons scoring 11 goals and also gave us a good chant after a big night out at Sugar Hut. He'll be missed. Mark Noble summed it up with his tweet: "Looked after @TomkinsOfficial for 16 years, been through everything together, sad day for me but that's football for ya, good luck geezer."