So did we over hype our very own James Tomkins? We’re now 11 games into our glorious return to the big league and we sit 6th in table as I write this. But Tonks has only started 3 games and has been over-shadowed by in particular Winston Reid; a player clearly under-rated before the season’s start.
Last season in the toils of the Championship Tomkins was class, he was rock solid, scored goals and could clearly play a bit and all; to the point that Sam Allardyce deployed him in a holding midfield role to great effect.
This season however it has been a different story as the runner up Hammer of the year has found it nigh on impossible to break into the first team; due to the impressive early season form of Winston Reid and James Collins.
So were all the cries of ‘Tonks for England’ a little premature? Perhaps but I still believe he has the talent and potential to prove a success in the big league; and in time I do believe Tomkins and Reid will be the first choice partnership.
I firmly believe that year in the Championship did James the world of good; toughened him up and battle-hardened as his main flaw before our briefest of excursions into the second tier of English football was that for all his talent on the ball he was bit of a soft touch.
I still find it quite remarkable that at the start of the season the question on all Irons fan lips was; who partners Tomkins? But all that talent and potential is most definitely still there, he now must bide his time and wait for a run in the side and once he gets that opportunity it may well be Collins on the periphery.