James Tomkins is determined to stay in West Ham United's starting line-up

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James Tomkins has made 17 appearances for West Ham United so far this season.

James Tomkins has spoken of his determination to keep his place in West Ham United’s starting line-up, on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (which was broadcast on November 21st).

Tomkins looked set to play a peripheral role at the start of the season, but an injury to Angelo Ogbonna has given him an extended run in the first team.

The commanding centre back now believes that the starting spot is his to lose, and he wants to play well enough to make himself undroppable.

“I’d like to think it’s mine to lose,” he said. “If I can keep doing well, the manager is always going to find it hard to change the team around.

“I’m like the mainstay at the minute, so hopefully I can keep that going.”

Tomkins has done well since being brought into West Ham’s starting line-up, but he wasn’t at his best in their latest outing.

West Ham were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and Tomkins looked shaky throughout the contest.

The 26-year-old will hope that his form improves at the weekend, though, with West Ham’s next match coming against West Bromwich Albion.

If the Hammers do pick up the three points on Sunday, they could move to within touching distance of the top four, and it would help boost the optimism levels around Upton Park again.

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