West Ham United defender James Tomkins looks all set to officially sign for Crystal Palace at some point today following negotiations over the weekend.
After spending the entirety of his eight year professional career on the Hammers’ books, his decision to leave them just before they make the move to the newly refurbished Olympic Stadium can’t have been an easy one, but it appears as though it has been taken with footballing motivations at the core of the 27-year-old’s thought process.
Having turned pro in 2008, Tomkins has gone on to make an impressive total of 241 appearances for the Irons, bagging 11 goals into the bargain. Whilst many will wonder why he has decided to dessert Slaven Bilic and co., the answer, to those who watch him every week at least, is obvious.
Supposedly far happier when utilised in the centre of defence, Tomkins has apparently grown a tad frustrated at the majority of his appearances in claret and blue coming on the right-hand side of West Ham’s back four, provoking him to explore the market for an opportunity to impress in pastures new from the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
The general reaction of a fan-base tends to be a relatively good barometer of a player’s potential success when switching clubs and on that front, the signs are extremely positive in relation to the West Ham academy man. As of yet, we’re still trying to find a Hammer who has a bad word to say about him, a feat which is almost unheard of in the cynical and highly judgemental world of professional football in 2016.
There may be one or two grumbles from our side of the fence regarding the reported transfer fee for Tomkins, but when you consider that we are seemingly getting a perfect replacement for the ageing yet thoroughly dependable character that is Damien Delaney, it begins to make a great deal of sense for all the parties involved.
As you can see from the piece attached at the top of the page, we are supposedly all set to hear official word of Tomkins arrival in SE25 between now and the end of the day. Ridiculously, Crystal Palace’s early summer spending spree continues to roll on.
Life if early July is good, for once.