I wrote an article a few weeks ago, expressing my concerns around playing James Collins in the West Ham United defence. However, it was the match against Manchester City on Saturday where we could have done with him being fit and ready to play!
Winston Reid probably had his worse game since he made his debut in a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa under Avram Grant. Reid can be excused this bad performance, bearing in mind how many games he has kept us in in the last 2 and a bit seasons. I would put Reid’s poor performance down to the fact he was on international duty with New Zealand, and only got back to the UK on Thursday, meaning he only had Friday to get over his jet lag and travelling.
James Tomkins had also suffered an injury during the build up to Saturday, breaking his nose, and no doubt that injury would have played on Tomkins mind. It was an ideal opportunity for Reid or Tomkins to make way for Collins, however, he also suffered an injury in the midweek with the Wales national team.
To be honest, I’m not sure Collins would have made much difference to the result and score, as Sergio Aguero and David Silva were in sublime form. But Collins could have given Reid a well earned break from first team duties, and the performance of the two centre backs makes us all realise that 3 centre backs are not enough for the squad, and maybe an extra body would have been useful.
For me, Tomkins and Reid are my preferred partnership, when fully fit. James Collins is a more than capable back up to them, and I think this is how Collins will be used by Sam Allardyce in future.
COME ON YOU IRONS!!
By Chelmo Hammer
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