Are Newcastle After West Ham’s James Tomkins?

News today that Alan Pardew is interested in bringing 21 year-old defender James Tomkins to Newcastle in the summer.

James Tomkins – 21 year-old West Ham defender

We have no idea if this is true, but at least it gives us the chance to profile the player,  to see if he would indeed be a good acquisition for Newcastle.

We’ll be doing this with a number of players Newcastle are said to be interested in this summer – just in case the reports may actually be true – a one in ten chance at best. 😀

6’3″ tall James was born in Basildon, Essex, and has been playing center-back for West Ham in their very troubled season so far, but he can also play at right back.

James has been at West Ham his whole career, and joined when he was just 8 years old back in  1997.

He made his Premier League debut in March 2008,  in a 1–1 draw away to Everton, and was on loan at Derby County for part of the 2008-2009 season, when he played in 8 games.

Tomkins has already played a total of 67 times for West Ham with 2 goals, and he is a regular in the side.

James has played for every England Youth team form U16 and has so far represented the U21 side 7 times.

We have watched him often this season, and he is a young lad still learning his trade, and he makes mistakes, but he looks a top class player in the making, from what we’ve seen of the  21 year-old good looking player.

It remains to be seen what happens with West Ham this season, but they are by no means safe in the Premier League, and remain in 19th position a couple of points from safety, but have hardly been playing well of late.

However, a good run of form could still see them easily avoid relegation, but they need to improve, and fairly quickly too.

If the famous east London club are relegated, James could be a bargain, and we have to think that if  he did arrive at Newcastle,  he would immediately challenge Danny Simpson for the right back spot.

Again, depending on how much West Ham would want for the player – he would be a very good acquisition for Newcastle, and will only get better with more experience.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • londontoon1

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    can we stop this needless conjecture, so far it seems were signing twenty players

  • super bartooon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Why would NUFC buy a player who is not any better than Willo Collo and S.Taylor would be looking at BIg Cristoph Samba why spend our 35m on this needless players

  • leedodd

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    We are after everything that has 2 legs at the moment’ who are we not after ?? I would Go after The Dutch Lad we Had From Chelsea Last Season !!

  • londontoon1

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    van aanholt? would rather we tried to keep enrique

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Tomkins is a cb not a right back so wouldn’t be challenging simpson

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed super bartoon i said after the blackburn game because of his unrest in the window Samba would be agreat signing not just defensively would win us a good few games from set pieces. Him and colo cbs would be quality imo.

  • NOVA2967

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Van aanholt and Clyne from Palace as back ups

  • leedodd

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Thing is we set Out to Be safe in The league This season Looks Like we will Be and Now We have cash to spend !!!!!!!!!! New Team for 2011/2012 We have the chance to get players in that will get Games AT Newcastle United not sit on the bench week in week out not like at Man Utd or The rest Of the Top 4 !!!! Don’t think we should be looking at London Players Though They Never Settle Up Here Look at Who we have had in the Past – its Never worked !!!!!! Sol is Only Here Because of the Wife !!!!!

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Wasnt rob lee from London way???

  • TimToon9

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Agreed on Samba!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont mind samba, he is non sense kind of defender

  • Phil K

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Is he quick ? Good in the air ? Technically any good ? If the answer is no to any of the three, then it would be stupid to go for him and deny our own kids.

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    To be honest, every game I have watched him play in, he has seemed fairly anonymous. Sometimes this is a good thing for a Centre Half, but in his case he seems to go missing. If we could get him cheap he could be worth the risk, after all, at 21 years of age he can only get better and learn?

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve always liked this kid. Can’t see the ‘Ammers selling even if relegated.
    There’s plenty others to fill Campbells boots!

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 19, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    please fellow toon fans please sign this petition to relocate the singing section
    cheerz! 😉

  • toonster88

    Feb 19, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #16

    kinda like him.dont think will be too costly if one considers that westham are gonna be relegated

  • nufc90

    Feb 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #17

    he thinks he’s a big time charlie. seen him out and about many times as i live in essex, about 5 mins from where he comes from. typical cocky footballer but apart from his attitude he could be a decent signing if he realises his potential. i know west ham think of him very highly and the fans do too


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