Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Collins on the way out
If the rumours are to be believed, it would appear that James Collins will be the next to catch the fast train out of Upton Park. Personally I believe this would be a terrible mistake.
Apart from his injury problems, Collins has been outstanding since we signed him. This season he has been a giant alongside Upson and, in some games, it has appeared as if his carrot topped head has been a magnet for any ball crossed into our box. After the Sunderland game at the Stadium of Dim Light, his head must have ached for a week. Time and time and time and time and time again it was Collins rising to head it clear as Blunderland pumped the ball into our box. He has also been incredibly brave when closing down crosses, throwing himself in front of shots, risking injury in the team's cause.
Some contended that he and Upson could not play together but they were rarely exposed when partnered. We conceded three goals in just six games in the recently completed season - and Collins only played in one of those. Yes Tomkins shows a lot of promise but, if you look at the facts, we are more solid defensively when Ginge is in the team. Experience counts for a lot in a centre half!
And Collins does not get the credit he deserves for the Great Escape either. People forget that it was only when Collins and Ferdinand were united together in the centre of our defence that we went on our winning run. Yes, of course, Tevez grabbed the headlines but you win games by stopping the opposition from scoring as well as by netting yourself. Collins was a vital cog in our survival!
I desperately hope that the rumours are wrong. James Ginge Collins has a future at West Ham in my opinion. I only hope that Zola agrees!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:12