Search

West Ham star: Aston Villa remind me of Zola’s time at Upton Park

10:59 10 February 2013

West Ham's James Tomkins represented Great Britain at the London Olympics. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

West Ham's James Tomkins represented Great Britain at the London Olympics. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Ham defender James Tomkins has compared Aston Villa’s plight to that of the Hammers’ under Gianfranco Zola.

The Villans have a relatively inexperienced side but the 23-year-old believes that those players will be better for first-team experience.

“It is a hard situation that they’re in with all the young lads they have throughout the team,” he told the club’s official site.

“I remember here under Gianfranco Zola when we were in a relegation fight and I was a young lad growing up and still learning my trade.

“It’s hard and all the experienced players are important to you. Personally, I felt I thrived off the pressure, and it was good for me really growing up.

“It’s made me more ready for the harder times which follow. After that and a year in the Championship last season I feel much more experienced and happier with my game.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Newham Sports News

Yesterday, 22:17

Belle Vue 63 Lakeside Hammers 28

Lewis Kerr
Yesterday, 16:00

George Sessions provides player ratings following the 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Brisbane Road

Alex Cisak

Our Hammers columnist Tony Cottee says that it is time to give the manager the support he needs

Southampton
Yesterday, 11:30

Northern Irish midfielder has insisted he will turn things around after difficult start to life at Brisbane Road

Twitter

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now