Why West Ham's 25-year-old star has already solved their major potential problem

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West Ham United are likely to lose Winston Reid this summer, according to reports, but James Tomkins has already stepped up to become their main defender.

West Ham United are understandably concerned about Winston Reid's future, but the statistics suggest that he is no longer the most important defender at the club.

Reid's contract is expiring in the summer, with the Daily Mirror suggesting that he could go to Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal, and the Hammers have struggled to get him to commit to fresh terms.

Despite making numerous offers to the New Zealand international, Reid has refused to sign a new deal and his departure looks inevitable.

It will be a big loss to the side, but the form of James Tomkins softens the blow somewhat - as he has been their standout defender this year.

  Tackles per gameHeaders per gameInterceptions per gameDefensive duels won per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
James Tomkins 2.15 4.89 1.789 8.05 34.52 74.84% 19 1651
Winston Reid 1.47 2.86 1.782 5.47 30.73 79.49% 23 1955

Tomkins tops Reid's stats in every area of defending. The Englishman makes more tackles, wins more headers and completes more interceptions than his more high-profile teammate, but he can also compare to him in possession.

One of Reid's biggest strengths is his ability on the ball, but Tomkins is passing more frequently than him - even if it is at a lower accuracy rate.

It means that West Ham's deal to keep Tomkins at the club, which was completed earlier this month, is more important than any new contract they can offer Reid, who looks far more replaceable than he once was. 

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