|Balls! I hadn't thought that might happen...|
Ok, just kidding. As far as we know, Winston is actually fine. But just consider...what if? After James Tomkins' departure can you imagine how devastating this news would be? Some might write this off as doom-mongering, but the fact is that Reid's competitive style comes at a price - and there is no denying that he has had extended absences in each of the last few seasons. This is a highly predictable scenario...Ogbonna plus ANOther.
Which brings me to another observation; if Leicester can do it, there's got to be a chance that West ham can too! Be honest, Hammers fans really think a top four finish is on the cards next year, while many secretly fantasize that we might emulate Leicester's achievement.
However, all it takes is one bad month for results and any such hopes will be dashed. Ginge is well matured now, so unless we bring in another centre back we will have relatively untested kids lining out alongside Ogbonna. Hardly Champions League stuff is it?
Ogbonna had a good season last year. After a shaky start, he settled in. Amongst his undoubted strengths are his calmness in possession and sure footedness on the ground. He is pretty average in the air such that either of the superskinny Reece's would come under considerable physical pressure if twinned with Ogbonna. Hmmm.
As for Tonks, its a real pity we couldn't accomodate his needs. A club with our aspirations should have three centre backs who are at the peak of their careers. Ginge is a star but he's on the down curve. Let's hope the Reece's are as good as Slav surely believes.
Unfortunately, this decision looks likely to come back to bite us in the ass.