James Tomkins: Statistically West Ham's best defender in the league this season

Taking a closer look at West Ham United's defensive performances in the Premier League to date.

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 gameTackles won per gameEffective clearances per gameEffective headed clearances per gameDuels won per  gameAerials won per gameInterceptions won per gameTotalMins Played
James Collins 1.2 0.9 9.65 6 5.1 3.4 2.05 28.3 1,325
Winston Reid 0.92 1.04 8.88 5.6 5.2 2.72 1.68 26.04 2,053
James Tomkins 0.76 1.48 9.81 6.33 8.1 4.81 1.62 32.91 1,831
Aaron Cresswell 0.67 0.9 4.03 1.8 4.13 1.47 0.93 13.93 2,700
Joey O'Brien 0.56 0.78 3.67 2.44 4 1.56 0.78 13.79 526
Carl Jenkinson 0.29 1.04 3.17 1.38 2.54 0.54 1.25 10.21 1,947
Guy Demel 0.17 0.67 1.17 0.67 2.17 0.33 0.5 5.68 258

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.

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