Collins feel West Ham need to create a positive problem for Slaven Bilic

West Ham United defender James Collins feels competition for places is going to be a real positive for manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham United centre back James Collins has told the club’s official website that he feels it’s going to be difficult for him to win a place in the side this season.

Collins has praised the squad competition which has been created under Slaven Bilic, which keeps everyone on their toes and prevents them from getting complacent ahead of the new Premier League season.

Collins is facing a big challenge on a personal level because he features in a position where Bilic has multiple options to choose from.

“It's going to be tough to get a starting place but that's what it's all about being at West Ham, which is a big club,” he told

“With competition for places, whoever is playing knows they need to play well to keep their shirt. That's what a club of this size needs.”

Squad competition is healthy

Heavy competition for places is healthy at West Ham because it’s something, which will keep everyone on their toes.

It ensures that key players are going into every training session with a point to prove, ready to take advantage if one of their colleagues has a couple of bad appearances in the top flight.

Overall, it creates a number of external benefits for Bilic in the respect that it should improve the intensity and general quality available to him in a variety of areas.

Challenge for Collins

Collins is facing a real challenge because of the central defensive options available to the boss.

Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Reece Burke and Angelo Ogbonna among others, are all good examples of players who can feature in the middle of the back four over the next ten to eleven months.

If Collins can find a way to get his nose in front in terms of the pecking order, he should have the chance to start more games.

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