West Ham United’s James Collins has rarely featured this season.
West Ham United defender James Collins says he may need to look at moving on in January of he can’t nail down a regular first-team spot over the next two months, the Daily Star report.
The Hammers currently count on the excellent Winston Reid and James Tomkins plus summer signing Angelo Ogbonna for the centre-back spots, leaving Collins fourth in the pecking order.
As such, the former Cardiff City man has rarely featured this season and only made his first Premier League start last weekend as West Ham downed fellow Londoners Crystal Palace 3-1.
With Wales qualifying for the European Championships, Collins says he needs to be playing regularly in order to guarantee his place and admits he may have to consider a move in January.
“Qualifying was the highlight of my career really. The main aim is to get in the team for the Euros, so I need to play as many games as possible now,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"Hopefully I can stay in the West Ham team. Obviously if I'm not, that might be something I need to look at in January. But I love playing for West Ham."
Victim of West Ham United progressing:
James Collins is a very able defender, even at 32 he has plenty still to offer a Premier League side.
However, West Ham under new boss Slaven Bilic are really intent on progressing to the next level and the only way to do so is by increasing the quality throughout the squad.
As mentioned previously, Tomkins, Reid and Ogbonna are fighting for two centre-back spots and the trio are as good as they come for teams fighting for the European places.
Collins is unlikely to cement a regular place, therefore his situation will be one of great interest in January.