Winston Reid: West Ham’s Rock

West Ham have enjoyed a good start to the Premier League season, especially on the road, picking up three points at the Emirates, Anfield and the Etihad. While they will be disappointed with home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth, I’m sure the majority of West Hams wouldn’t have expected to see their team sitting on 12 points and sitting 4th in the Premier League, just three points off the top when they looked at their first six fixtures.

WinstonReidActionThe wins at Arsenal and Liverpool saw the Hammers keeping clean sheets, and even though they conceded a goal against Manchester City, they were resolute in defence. A key man in the West Ham defence is Winston Reid.

The New Zealand international has been at The Boleyn Ground since August 2010. West Ham signed Reid from Danish side FC Midtjylland. In his first season in England, Reid struggled to make an impact, making only 12 appearances in all competitions. The 2010/11 season saw West Ham relegated to the Championship. Reid became a regular feature in the Hammers side as they returned to the Premier League at the first attempt via the play-offs.

Since that return, West Ham have been an ever present in the Premier League, and Reid has been at the heart of the Hammers’ defence. Reid’s game has developed over the years at Upton Park; when he first arrived he looked like he may struggle to adapt to the Premier League. He has proved himself to be one of the top defenders in the league over the last three seasons. He does the basics of defending very well, blocking the ball and showing good concentration. He is the leader in the West Ham defence. When he gets the ball, he looks to clear the ball first and foremost, which is surely what you want from your defenders.

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