For some reason big Sam Allardyce always goes for the older players – even when they are past their best and it seems true today, as the West Ham manager is trying to get 35 year-old Sylvain Distin, the former Newcastle player to London.
James Tomkins – frustrated at lack of playing time this season
If West Ham get Distin, the conventional logic is they would let one of their top younger players – 23 year-old James Tomkins – leave the club, since James isn’t getting too much playing time at the Hammers these days.
Whenever we’ve watched James play – either at center-back or defensive midfield – he’s always looked a solid young player, who we think could do a good job at Newcastle.
Newcastle were interested in James last January, but West Ham were unwilling to sell, but things could be different if they get Distin or another center-back into West Ham this month.
talkSPORT is reporting the England U21 International is unsettled and frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities lately, and James may want a move away from the Hammers to get his career back on track.
One advantage with the 6’4″ Tomkins moving to Newcastle, is that he is a versatile player who could be used across the back four and in defensive midfield, and he’s a good footballer, who is also a good reader of the game for one so young.
We think Tomkins would be a great buy for Newcastle at around £4M, so we’ll keep a close eye on who West Ham manage to bring into the club over the next few weeks.
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