Tomkins willing to fight for his place at West Ham

West Ham United defender James Tomkins is hopeful that he can preserve his position in the side.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has told the club’s official website that he’s hopeful of retaining his position in the team.

Tomkins has endured a difficult period recently, capped off by the defeat dished out to the club in their last game at the hands of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

Tomkins has stressed the only way that he, and the team, can deal with the defeat is by looking to improve with every opportunity, whether that’s in a game or in any form of training session.

“I am willing to fight for my position and it is something I strive on. You have got to better yourself every time you go out onto the training field. I am looking forward to seeing what the team is on Saturday and hopefully I will be playing,” he told

“It is all about showing what you can do in training and getting the performances in when you can. I want to stay in the team.”

The defence needs some confidence

The West Ham back four needs some confidence and there is theory in manager Slaven Bilic allowing the players who featured in that game to try and correct the mess.

Tomkins didn’t start against the Cherries but he came into the side in place of Angelo Ogbonna and needs to try and find a way to make it as difficult as possible for the summer signing to get back in.

It will be tough for Bilic to resist the urge to avoid tinkering, but one of the only ways that a defence can improve and gain confidence is through continuity in terms of team selection.

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