BBC pundit lavishes praise on Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal

Crystal Palace’s James Tomkins has made an instant impact at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal

Former player and current pundit Dion Dublin believes James Tomkins has shored up Crystal Palace’s defence this season and has been a great signing for the South London club, the BBC reports.

The versatile defender joined the Eagles in a surprise switch from West Ham United in the summer.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has already mentioned on more than one occasion how he did not want the defender to leave, yet an inability to guarantee Tomkins a regular spot swayed his decision.

The 27-year-old has since made four starts for Palace, and his presence in the first-team has coincided with an upturn in results and a tighter back-line which has conceded just nine goals this term.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins in action with Blackpool's Armand Gnanduillet

Co-commentating for the BBC, Dublin said ahead of Palace’s encounter with West Ham how he thought the defender has made a big difference at Selhurst Park and is proving to be a top addition.

“James Tomkins has made the difference to Crystal Palace after joining from West Ham. He has shored up the defence. His positional play is really good and his movement is perfect,” Dublin explained.

“Watch how many times he looks over his shoulder to keep an eye on the attacker during a game. It's good communication helping out his partner, and he's a patient and composed defender. He talks very well and the big thing is he defends first. He's been a great signing for Palace.”

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke and James Tomkins celebrate at full time

Palace had the opportunity to extend West Ham’s poor start to the season, yet the hosts failed to capitalise on a number of decent opportunities and subsequently slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

The result still sees Alan Pardew’s men sitting in the top half of the Premier League table and boasting a goals against column which is comparable to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

West Ham United's Simone Zaza in action with Crystal Palace's James Tomkins

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