West Ham United defender James Tomkins enjoying new role handed to him by Slaven Bilic

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James Tomkins has been played at right-back on regular occasions by West Ham United this season.

James Tomkins has told West Ham United’s official site that he is still trying to adapt to the role which Slaven Bilic has handed him this season.

Tomkins has been deployed at right-back on regular occasions this term, and he played there against Manchester United yesterday.

The 26-year-old was impressive at Old Trafford, as he helped the Hammers pick up a 0-0 draw, and he says that he is enjoying the experience.

"I'm still learning there," he admitted. "It's a completely different experience for me - I'd be able to count the amount of times I've played there on two hands.

"I've had a couple of good performances there against some good teams so it's been a good test for me.

"I want to play anywhere for the team and I'm enjoying it at right back."

Tomkins has had to adapt to playing right-back, as he has fallen out of favour in the centre of defence.

Despite previously being a central figure for the Hammers, the increased competition in their squad has seen him lose his preferred spot in the team.

Bilic appears to see Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid as his first choice defensive pairing, meaning Tomkins is now battling it out for a place in the team with Carl Jenkinson.

Tomkins’ uncertainty over whether he will be selected has led to rumours circling over his future.

The Daily Mirror say that Sunderland are interested in signing Tomkins in January, with West Ham wanting £10 million for the defender.

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