Tony Cottee: The one thing West Ham can be congratulated on this season

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Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee has praised three contract decisions the Hammers have made this season.

Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee told Knees Up Mother Brown in a podcast what he feels is the one thing the Hammers can be praised for this season.

The ex-forward feels West Ham got their decision to offer three key first team players new contracts spot on, claiming the deals were good news for everyone connected to the club.

“The one thing West Ham can be congratulated on is tying down Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Winston Reid on long term deals which is good news for everyone,” said Cottee.

The deals mean that Sam Allardyce, or whoever may replace him, has got the spine of a very good team in place over the next few seasons.

West Ham have two good central defensive options in the form of James Tomkins and Winston Reid, who can be consistent and form a productive partnership alongside each other for several years.

Mark Noble is also a player who knows all about the identity of West Ham and is another player who guarantees continuity further forward in midfield.

The three of them are going to be important if a new manager does come in with Allardyce moved on, because they can help reduce the impact of a settling in period.

They can also help the new manager because they’ll know all about the squad and can offer suggestions on where it needs to be improved.

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