Competition for places is good for West Ham defence, says Winston Reid

The New Zealand international is expecting everyone to get a chance under Slaven Bilic in 2015/16.

West Ham United defender Winston Reid has told the club’s official website that increased competition for places at centre-half is a good thing for the side.

New manager Slaven Bilic has moved to improve that area of his squad during the summer transfer window, bringing in Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus to bolster the ranks.

That means he now has five senior centre-backs on his books, as well as youngsters Reece Burke and Reece Oxford, who have both impressed when given the chance.

And Reid says the battle for starting berths is a positive thing as it will help to keep everyone on their toes.

“This was obviously one of the areas the manager was looking to strengthen,” he told

“He wanted to bring in extra bodies, so we now have quite a few centre-halves. It’s only good to have competition around the place and hopefully it will keep everyone on their toes and ready to go whenever needed. That’s the main thing.”

Chances for everybody

With Ogbonna expected to come in and be first choice alongside Reid, there is the possibility of several players growing frustrated with sitting on the bench at Upton Park.

The Hammers face an increased fixture schedule next season, though, should they manage to qualify for the Europa League group stages and beyond, meaning Bilic is likely to be rotating his squad.

And Reid says he expects everyone to get sufficient minutes, with the main focus being that the club improve as a collective on last year.

“I’m sure there are going to be loads of games this season, so there are going to be lots of opportunities for everyone,” he added.

“It’s a matter of, even if you have to sit out every now and then, work hard and stay positive. There are always injuries throughout a season so I’m sure everyone will get their game time and the most important thing is that the team improves on last year.”

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