|Two Basildon Boyz getting Ready for another season|
In all of this there have been some stand out heroes - Dimitri Payet as the obvious first choice, but the whole squad have been selfless in their commitment to the cause and perhaps none more than James Tomkins. The versatile Tonks was willing to shift to right back during the Hammers time of need last season but must surely feel that he can regain his starting berth at centre back next season.
|Tonks playing for our U18s in 2004|
All of which makes the rumours of a £10 million switch to Crystal Palace hard to fathom. Tomkins is West Ham through and through, having been at the club as a boy and graduating through our academy system. For anybody watching last year, he was really unlucky to get displaced from centre back and watched patiently as the Reid-Ogbonna partnership blossomed. With Ginge now coming to the twilight of his Hammers career, Tomkins has an obvious role to play as we face the demands of a long season in Europe.
However, repeated reports suggest that Tomkins is on his way to Selhurst Park and has not travelled with the squad on their USA trip. Let's hope the rumours are just talk.....otherwise, it's hard not to think that Slaven is about to make a massive mistake!