Why West Ham should drop Carl Jenkinson and play James Tomkins at right-back

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The West Ham United right-back has not been great recently.

West Ham United’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday raised plenty of questions about Slaven Bilic’s side, one of which was whether the time has come for loanee Carl Jenkinson to be dropped.

After all, the 23-year-old has made a number of defensive mistakes now and yet he continues to start for the Hammers, and there is an alternative option that would see James Tomkins switch to right-back and Angelo Ogbonna brought in to the centre alongside Winston Reid.

Tomkins has been one of West Ham’s best performers this season and some would argue that moving him from the heart of the club’s defence would be a mistake, but with Jenkinson seemingly needing some time out of the side it could be the most sensible option.

Ogbonna started the season as a West Ham regular but he has barely been seen since suffering a thigh muscle strain in September, an unused substitute in four of the club’s last five league matches.

Jenkinson’s performance against Tottenham was simply not good enough, and with Tomkins trusted to do a job wherever he is asked to play it could be time Bilic opted for a change to prevent another performance like the one he saw on Sunday.

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