Savage: Why did West Ham sell Tomkins?

Former Wales and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage has suggested that West Ham were wrong to sell defender James Tomkins over the summer.

Tomkins left the Hammers to join Premier League rivals Crystal Palace during the transfer window for a fee of around £10m having spent eight seasons at the club, making over 200 appearances in the process.

The 27-year-old had been a loyal servant to his boyhood club and was often utilised in a number of positions across the back four during his tenure at West Ham, and BT Sport pundit Savage believes his sale may be a contributing factor to Slaven Bilic’s side defensive woes so far this season.

“They are struggling defensively, Tomkins has gone to Crystal Palace, he is a decent player.” said the Welshman speaking on BT Sport 1 (via HITC), before adding: “Why did they let him go? I think recruitment has been poor from West Ham.”

Harry Redknapp – formerly West Ham manager between 1994 and 2001 – also chipped in on the debate, stating: “He is a local boy as well, Tomkins. West Ham boy, loves the club, grew up, had been there since he was probably 10 years of age.”

The Hammers currently sit a dismal 18th in the Premier League having registered only one win so far and conceded a whopping 17 goals.