James Tomkins (footballer)

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James Tomkins
TomkinsWHU24082010.jpg
Tomkins warming up prior to a West Ham match, August 2010
Personal information
Full name James Oliver Charles Tomkins
Date of birth (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Basildon, Essex, England
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) [1]
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 5
Youth career
1997–2008 West Ham Unitedi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– West Ham United 162 (7)
2008 Derby County (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2004–2005 England U16 4 (0)
2004–2006 England U17 13 (0)
2006 England U18 1 (0)
2007–2008 England U19 8 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
2009–2011 England U21 10 (0)
2012 Great Britain 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:54, 23 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

James Oliver Charles Tomkins (born 29 March 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for West Ham United. He has represented England at all levels up to the under-21 team.[2] He primarily plays as a centre back, but can also play at right back or defensive midfield. He is a product of the West Ham youth academy.

Club career[edit]

West Ham United[edit]

Early years and club début[edit]

Tomkins playing for West Ham United in 2008
Tomkins playing for West Ham United in 2010.

Aged seven, Tomkins was spotted while playing for his local Sunday League side and signed into West Ham United's youth academy. Initially a striker, he eventually switched to his current position in central defence. He signed scholarship forms in 2005. Prior to making his first team debut, his career had been marred by several injuries.

Tomkins made his Premier League debut on 22 March 2008 in a 1–1 draw away to Everton.[3] Although his costly slip allowed Yakubu Aiyegbeni to score the opening goal,[4] Tomkins made five more starts and a substitute appearance. As first choice centre backs James Collins, Danny Gabbidon and Matthew Upson were all out injured during various times in the season, he enjoyed an extended run in the first team for the remainder of the season, winning the Young Hammer of the Year for 2007–08.

2008–09 season[edit]

On 27 November, he signed for Derby County on a five-week loan spell.[5] He made his debut for Derby in their 3–0 away defeat to Burnley on 29 November 2008.[6] Tomkins played 8 times in all competitions for Derby County during his loan spell, before being recalled to West Ham on 31 December 2008 by manager Gianfranco Zola.[7] After his stint with Derby, he started to feature regularly with the Hammers first-team. On 21 March 2009, he started and played the full 90 minutes alongside Jonathan Spector in a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Initially desputising for the injured Collins, he managed to stake his claim ahead of the Welsh international, and on 4 April 2009, scored his first senior goal, a header from Mark Noble's corner, in a 2–0 win over Sunderland.[8][9] The same month, he and several fellow youth products were awarded long-term contract extensions.

2009-10 season[edit]

After the departure of James Collins and with Danny Gabbidon injured, Tomkins retained his place in the starting eleven at the beginning of the 2009–10 season, losing it to new signing Manuel da Costa for several games. He regained his place, starting alongside captain Matthew Upson.[10] He was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports as he and Upson helped keep the Hammers' first clean sheet of the year in the away draw against Aston Villa on 17 January 2010.[11]

2010–11 season[edit]

Tomkins made 28 appearances in all competitions in the 2010-11 season scoring once against Manchester City at Upton Park. On 1 January 2011, he made his 50th first team appearance for West Ham in a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.[12]

2011–12 season[edit]

It was the 2011–12 season that Tomkins found his feet in the West Ham United first team, forging a partnership at the back with New Zealands Winston Reid. He scored the first goal in the 4-0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road and also received WHUFC player of the month for August, the opening month of the season. During the 2011–12 season, Tomkins was linked with a £4 million move to both Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United of the Premier League, but the speculation soon ended about his future when he signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at West Ham on 21 January running until summer 2016.[13] After signing he also proved his commitment and love for the club by saying "I'm a local boy and have come through the ranks at the club and loyalty is a far bigger currency to me than money".[14] For his outstanding performance in the 2011–12 Championship season he was voted by his fellow professionals into the PFA Championship Team of the Year, along with fellow Hammer Mark Noble.[15] Tomkins was also voted runner-up Hammer of the Year by West Ham fans, losing out to Mark Noble.[16][17]

International career[edit]

England U21[edit]

Tomkins has represented England at U15,[18] U16,[19] U17, U19 and currently U21 levels[2] and played in every match of the 2008 UEFA U-19 Championships along with club mate Freddie Sears. His U21 debut came on 8 June 2009 in the 7–0 home win against the Azerbaijan U21 team.[20][21] He was called up for the 2009 UEFA U-21 Championships as back up after the withdrawals of first-choice centre backs Steven Taylor and David Wheater through injury. After the tournament, he was recalled to the squad and regularly partnered Michael Mancienne in defence. He was called up for several European Championship qualifiers but withdrew after being ruled out with an injury sustained during training.[22]

Great Britain Olympic team[edit]

After the success of the 2011–12 Championship season, where Tomkins was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and was the runner-up for the Hammer of the Year, he was called for the final squad for Great Britain's Olympic football squad for the London Olympics 2012.[23][24] Tomkins played twice for the Great Britain Team. On 20 July 2012 he played the first half in a 2–0 defeat to Brazil in a warm-up game [25] and on 29 July 2012 in a 3–1 victory against UAE.[26] Tomkins blamed his inclusion in the Olympic squad and lack of games on a loss of form at the start of the 2012-13 West Ham season.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 January 2014[28]
Club Season League League Cup FA Cup Other UEFA Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2007–08 Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Derby County 2008–09 Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Derby County Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
West Ham United 2008–09 Premier League 12 1 0 0 3 0 15 1
2009–10 Premier League 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
2010–11 Premier League 19 1 6 0 3 0 28 1
2011–12 Championship 44 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 47 4
2012–13 Premier League 26 1 1 0 2 0 29 0
2013–14 Premier League 31 0 4 0 0 0 35 0
West Ham United Total 160 7 13 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 185 7
Career total 167 7 13 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 192 7

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

West Ham United

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

On 23 December 2013 Tomkins was charged with the assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly following an incident on 22 December at the Sugar Hut nightclub in Brentwood, Essex. He was bailed until 9 January 2014 to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "James Tomkins Player Profile". Whufc.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  3. ^ McNulty, Phil (22 March 2008). "Everton 1–1 West Ham". Newsimg.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Premier League: Everton 1–1 West Ham". London: guardian.co.uk. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Young defender Tomkins signs". Dcfc.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Burnley 3–0 Derby". BBC News. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Tomkins loan at an end". Dcfc.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Owen (4 April 2009). "BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | West Ham 2–0 Sunderland". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  9. ^ Lacey, David (6 April 2009). "Premier League: West Ham 2–0 Sunderland". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Master and apprentice join forces to save Hammers". Waltham Forest Guardian. 18 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Villa held by Hammers". skysports.com. 17 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "James Tomkins | Player Profiles | First Team | Team | West Ham United". Whufc.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Tomkins commits to Hammers". Sky Sport. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tomkins is a happy Hammer". Sky Sports. 29 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Due collect awards". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Noble voted Hammer of the Year". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Awards Dinner proves a huge hit". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "James Tomkins". 4thegame.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  19. ^ Wright, James (24 March 2005). "Late leveller saves Lions". U16s News and Features. The Football Association. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  20. ^ "Tomkins earns England under21s call up". Basildon Recorder. 29 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England U21 7–0 Azerbaijan U21". BBC News. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  22. ^ "Pair withdraw from U21s". whufc.com. 12 November 2009. 
  23. ^ "Tomkins in Team GB frame". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Tonks get Team GB call". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Great Britain 0-2 Brazil". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  26. ^ "Great Britain 3-1 UA Emirates". www.london2012.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "I wasted my time at the Games: Tomkins blames Team GB for losing Hammers place". www.dailymail.co.uk. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  28. ^ James Tomkins (footballer) profile at Soccerway
  29. ^ "Championship team". Spurs defender Kyle Walker wins PFA Young Player award. BBC Sport. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  30. ^ "West Ham's James Tomkins charged with police assault". BBC Essex. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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