James Tomkins admits it's been 'weird' West Ham have kept clean sheets with him at right-back

West Ham United have regularly used James Tomkins at right-back, rather than centre-back, so far this season.

James Tomkins has told West Ham United's official website that it has been 'weird' keeping three clean sheets while playing at right-back.

The Hammers have stopped their opponents from scoring in every game that Tomkins has been deployed on the right-hand side of their defence, and that record has taken the 26-year-old by surprise.

He says that it is a sign of just how well the Hammers are playing at the moment, though, with new signings drafted in over the summer bringing an injection of quality to the team. 

"It's weird that I've started and kept three clean sheets but that's the way it's panned out," Tomkins said. "You can see how sharp we are all over the pitch and our pressing is very good, so teams find it hard to break us down.

"With all the new players we've had coming in, we have got pace, strength and energy going forward and that's massively important. We showed that on Monday and I'm sure we'll show it again. It's also important for the team that they do a bit defensively and they have."

Tomkins has been forced to cover at right-back due to injury problems, but he has not let the side down - with his performances actually keeping Carl Jenkinson out of the team.

The England youth international may get a run of games in his more familiar position of centre-back soon, though, as an injury to Angelo Ogbonna in the Hammers' most recent game against Newcastle United will keep him out for the next four games, according to Sky Sports.

Ogbonna has gone straight into Slaven Bilic's starting line-up since joining from Juventus over the summer, but Tomkins has shown his quality in the Premier League before and will be looking to show his new manager what he can do in his favoured central position. 

He will have little time to familiarise himself with the role, though, as West Ham face a tough test against Premier League leaders Manchester City in their next fixture. 

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