James Tomkins made his switch from West Ham to Crystal Palace official yesterday and if the quotes below are anything to go by, he’s extremely excited by what the future holds.
We often hear new signings going through the motions when conducting their first interview at a new club, saying all of the right things without much in the way of authenticity within their tone, but in the interview above, Tomkins speaks candidly and articulately about the specific reasons why he felt as though Crystal Palace was the place for him above all others.
Something of a club legend in the eyes of the supporters he’s left behind, the no-nonsense defender will be hopeful of starting life with a bang in SE25, having got all of the paperwork signed off in time to enjoy a full pre-season with his new teammates, including the entirety of a trip to the USA in the coming weeks.
Whilst no one is explicitly saying it, all signs point towards the 27-year-old stepping in for Damien Delaney in the coming months, who, following four years of incredibly loyal service at Palace, would be the first to admit that a full uninterrupted season in the Premier League at the age of 35 is probably asking for a tad too much from his body.
Happily, you get the impression from Tomkins words, that he wouldn’t have upped sticks and left West Ham unless he felt it was absolutely necessary for the good of his career, having shown an undying loyalty to the Hammers since first joining them as an eight-year-old and grafting his way through their academy system. This is a transfer brought about by the defender’s burning desire for regular football as he enters the probable prime years of his career, which can only be a good thing for everyone associated with Crystal Palace moving forward.
Forget the usual cliched comments that usually emerge when a new signing speaks, the interview with James Tomkins attached above makes for an insightful read throughout. It sounds as though we’ve got ourselves a top player.