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Premier League – 2017/2018
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|Pass success percentage||81,8|
|Aerial duels won per match||4,1|
|Man of the match||3|
|Tackles per match||1,7|
|Interceptions per match||2,3|
|Fouls per match||0,7|
|Offside won per match||0,5|
|Clearances per match||7,6|
|Dribbled past per match||0,5|
|Blocks per match||0,4|
|Key passes per match||0|
|Dribbles per match||0,2|
|Fouled per match||0,5|
|Offsides per match||0|
|Dispossessed per match||0,2|
|Passes per match||31,7|
|Crosses per match||0|
|Long balls per match||2,7|
|Through balls per match||0|
James Oliver Charles Tomkins (born 29 March 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Crystal Palace. Tomkins has represented England at all levels up to the under-21 team and represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. He primarily plays as a centre back, but can also play at right back or defensive midfield. Tomkins is a product of the West Ham youth academy.
West Ham United
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. Although his costly slip allowed Yakubu Aiyegbeni to score the opening goal, He 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.
On 27 November, he signed for Derby County on a five-week loan spell. He made his debut for Derby in their 3–0 away defeat to Burnley on 29 November 2008. 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. After his stint with Derby, he started to feature regularly with the Hammers first-team. On 21 March 2009, Tomkins 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, Tomkins 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. The same month, Tomkins and several fellow youth products were awarded long-term contract extensions.
After the departure of James Collins and with Danny Gabbidon injured, he 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. 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.
Tomkins made 28 appearances in all competitions in the 2010–11 season scoring once against Manchester City at Upton Park. On 1 January 2011, Tomkins made his 50th first-team appearance for West Ham in a 2–0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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, he 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. 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”. 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. He was also voted runner-up Hammer of the Year by West Ham fans, losing out to Mark Noble.
In 2015, he signed a new, long-term contract which would keep him with West Ham until 2020. Shortly after Tomkins dislocated his shoulder in training, an injury which was expected to keep him from playing for several weeks. In March, he received surgery for the same injury. Tomkins played 25 games in all competitions for West Ham including three FA Cup games. He scored a single goal, in a 2–1 away win against West Bromwich Albion on 2 December 2014. His shoulder injury kept him out of the side from March 2015, finally returning for the last game of the season, replacing Reece Burke in the 69th minute, a 2–0 away defeat to Newcastle United.
Tomkins opened the 2015–16 season by scoring the third goal in a UEFA Europa League game on 2 July 2015. West Ham won the game against Andorran team Lusitanos 3–0 with him as captain and with the other goals coming from Diafra Sakho. On 16 July 2015, he scored another UEFA Europa League goal in the 1–0 win over Bikirkara in the 90th minute. In the second-leg, in Malta, on 23 July 2015, he was sent-off after pushing Birkirkara’s Nikola Vukanac as West Ham went through to the next round, 5–3 on penalties.
On 5 July 2016, Tomkins joined London rivals Crystal Palace on a five-year deal for a fee of £10 million. Tomkins had played for West Ham for over 20 years from boyhood right up to 2016, he made 243 appearances for West Ham’s senior team. On 14 January, he played for Palace against West Ham at the London Stadium, it was his first away appearance for Palace against West Ham which ended in a 3–0 defeat.
He has represented England at U15, U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels 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. 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.
Great Britain Olympic team
After the success of the 2011–12 Championship season, where he was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and was the runner-up for the Hammer of the Year, Tomkins was called for the final squad for Great Britain’s Olympic football squad for the London Olympics 2012. 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 and on 29 July 2012 in a 3–1 victory against UAE. 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.
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