Tony Cottee believes Allardyce 'needs' Winston Reid in the starting XI

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

Ex-West Ham striker Tony Cottee has praised defender Winston Reid for his performance against Tottenham on Sunday.

Sunday proved to be a frustrating afternoon for West Ham, as they threw away a 2-0 lead at Tottenham Hotspur in an enthralling London derby.

Summer signings Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho put Sam Allardyce's men 2-0 up, but two goals in the last ten minutes helped Spurs snatch a point.

Danny Rose's shot bounced into the ground and over goalkeeper Adrian, before Harry Kane won a dramatic late penalty - which he missed, before tucking home the rebound after Adrian's save.

The two late goals overshadowed what was a fine display from West Ham - especially considering that the Hammers had won just one of their previous eight Premier League games.

One of the standout performers for West Ham was defender Winston Reid, who effectively shackled hot shot Kane throughout the game.

The New Zealand international is out of contract at the end of this season, and has recently been linked with a free transfer move to Spurs this summer.

After another impressive display from the 26-year-old, ex-West Ham striker Tony Cottee has told London 24 that Allardyce 'needs' Reid in his side - even though he may not be able to call on him for much longer.

"Winston Reid returned to the team on Sunday and I thought he handled Kane pretty well all afternoon. I think he is the best defender at the club and he and James Tomkins are the best pair we have. We certainly need him in the team," said Cottee.

There is still a chance that Reid could choose to stay at West Ham - but right now, that looks unlikely considering the stalemate between club and player over a new contract.

Even with his future seemingly lying away from Upton Park, he's still turning in superb performances, which underline just how much West Ham would miss him if he does leave.

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