West Ham United Chairman David Gold says James Collins proves the squad's strength in depth

The 32-year old has been imperious when called upon this season.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has highlighted the contribution of James Collins in the Hammers win at Selhurst Park last weekend as evidence of their strength in depth.

The Welshman has fallen down the pecking order under Slaven Bilic - with Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and James Tomkins all preferred ahead of him – but he stepped up to the plate against the Eagles and was crucial in helping West Ham to yet another away win.

“I mentioned it last week but I thought James Collins was outstanding during the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace,” wrote Gold, on whufc.com.

“That was his first Premier League start but it shows the strength in depth that we have got in the squad.

“There is no certainty for anyone to keep their place and they have to keep performing to the best of their ability every week to stay in the team.”

Collins looks set to keep his place alongside James Tomkins for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday and Gold has backed him to produce the goods once again, adding:

“If James is picked to play against Chelsea on Saturday, I am sure he will not let anyone down once again and will relish the chance to come up against a talented player like Diego Costa. We will certainly need James to be at his best.”

Slaven Bilic – with the aid of the supportive Hammers hierarchy – did a fantastic job in improving the squad over the summer.

The likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses have added match-winning quality to go with the solid core that was already in place at Upton Park and West Ham now look in as good shape as they have done in many years.

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