The remarkable stat which proves James Collins is West Ham's unsung hero

West Ham United look a much better team when James Collins is in their starting line-up.

James Collins is by no means West Ham United's marquee star, but there cannot be any questions over his effectiveness when looking at the stats. 

Collins has operated with a quiet efficiency throughout his time at the Boleyn Ground and although he may not steal much acclaim his role in the side is an important one. 

The experienced centre-back is generally considered a back-up option to James Tomkins and Winston Reid by the Hammers, but their form with him in the team is far better than without him.

The Hammers' record this season with Collins in their side reads: Won 8, drawn 4, lost 3, highlighting how well he is covering for the other defenders. 

His form means that Sam Allardyce has a selection dilemma when everyone in his squad is fit, but West Ham's record without him strengthens the 31-year-old's claim. 

The Hammers have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 3 when Collins has been absent and that may give Allardyce food for thought in the future. 

With Reid looking set to leave in the summer, according to the Daily Mail, West Ham may seek out new centre-back additions to cover the void his departure would leave.

However, it seems that the partnership of Tomkins and Collins, which was utilised from the start during their 3-0 win over Hull City this weekend, has the potential to be a very successful one for the club in the future. 

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