Tomkins was handed the responsibility of leading a very young side in the first leg of West Ham’s Europa League qualifier against FC Lusitans last week and he’s admitted that he’s been impressed by the impact that younger players have had already this summer.
“They really get the best out of us the young lads because they’re eager to do well, they press hard and that makes all of us want to do the same. It’s good that we’re getting the best out of each other – I quite like the role of leading the younger lads because it’s something I enjoy,” he told WHUTV.
A positive dilemma for Slaven Bilic
Manager Slaven Bilic will be reviewing his squad and who’s stepping up and making a claim to start next season, on an almost daily basis.
The hunger of the younger players in the squad is extremely impressive and it will be interesting to see if anyone emerges as a candidate to feature in Premier League games, ahead of some potentially more experienced players.
More players could also come into the club via the transfer market and it adds up to giving Bilic a headache over team selection.
Encouraging signs in Tomkins
While Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble are the current leaders in the squad in terms of captaincy roles, it’s encouraging to see Tomkins stepping up and doing his bit.
When he plays in West Ham’s back four next season, Bilic know he’s got another leader in the team, which helps to take some of the pressure away from the likes of Nolan and Noble.
The extra responsibility he’s experienced could also inspire him to lead by example and Bilic won’t have any complaints if the club are more difficult to break down as a result.