English Premiership

Tomkins to fight for Hammers spot

2015-08-26 12:20
James Tomkins (File)

Aug 26 - West Ham United defender James Tomkins is determined to win back his place in the first team and hopes to show manager Slaven Bilic that he should be a regular starter.

Tomkins, who plays primarily as a centre-back, started at right-back in the shock opening day victory away at Arsenal but was dropped for the home loss to Leicester City and came off the bench in the 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth last weekend.

"I am willing to fight for my position and it is something I strive on. You have got to better yourself every time you go out onto the training field," the 26-year-old told the club's website (www.whufc.com).

"It was disappointing going out of the team after coming away with a good victory at the Emirates Stadium," he added.

"But it is all about showing what you can do in training and getting the performances in when you can. I want to stay in the team."

West Ham travel to Anfield, a venue where they have not won since 1963, to face Liverpool on Saturday and Tomkins is looking forward to facing major summer signing Christian Benteke after the Belgian completed a high-profile move from Aston Villa.

"He is a great striker and fully deserves his move. He is very good in the air and is a handful to play against at times," The England under-21 international said.

"Attacking wise they are very good and (Philippe) Coutinho has also been playing well.

"We will need to be wary all round the pitch but hopefully we will cause them problems as well," he added.

"I know people will say that the odds are against us after the last two games but no-one expected us to get a result like we did against Arsenal and hopefully we can do the same again."


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