West Ham United started the season in blistering form before faltering somewhat in the last few months.
That said, they remain in the top half of the table and possesses a squad that, with the right additions, could push on again next season.
With another international break upon us, we take a look at how West Ham’s defenders have fared in the Premier League this season, with some interesting results.
Using HITC’s formula to calculate defensive contribution by adding up key attributes, one Hammers star stands out from the rest – James Tomkins.
The 25-year-old centre-back has played 21 league matches this season, although injury has ruled him out of the last two. But his importance is clear to see when you consider the statistics below.
|Outfields blocks per game||Tackles won per game||Effective clearances per game||Effective headed clearances per game||Duels won per game||Aerials won per game||Interceptions won per game||Total||Mins Played|
Tomkins comes out with a total of 32.91 from seven key defensive areas; his closest challenger James Collins who managed 28.3.
The younger West Ham player averages more tackles than any of his teammates per appearance, while he is also ahead when it comes to effective clearances both with his head and with his feet.
In fact along with duels won and aerial battles won, Tomkins beats his fellow West Ham defenders in five key defensive areas.
He is a class act, and one West Ham will be hoping to build their side around for years to come.