English Premier League club West Ham began their campaign at new home – the London Stadium, on a brilliant note as they defeat their opponents Bournemouth 1-0 in the second round of games in the league.
It was a difficult game on paper for West Ham as they had their first choice forwards out injured, with Andy Carroll missing for at least a month.
James Collins has come on the news as he has been signed up by Crawley for three years.
This club has signed him up on a contract that has been possible after his contract with Shrewsbury has been cancelled. This was done on mutual consent. This 25 year old player started off his playing career with Aston Villa. He was given out on loan to clubs like Burton and Darlington. He then joined Shrewsbury in the year 2011.
The first season that Collins spent in the club he had about 47 appearances and scored about 16 goals. He was even promoted to League Two based on his performance for the team.
West Ham and Wales defender has said that Wales need to win their opening game at the Euros if they want to have a successful tournament.
The first game will be against Slovakia, and the defender believes that they will need to be ready for the opening game if they want to make it out of the group stage. Indeed, the other two matches will not be easier as they will be facing England and Russia.
James Collins said that it will be a new experience for the Wales team and that they are excited to be part of the tournament. This will be the first international competition that Wales will be participating in after the 1958 World Cup, and they will be hoping that they have a successful one.
First team coach of Crewe Alex, James Collins, says he is pleased with the performance of Callum Sanders after the youngsters’s recent performance.
The coach is hoping that 'late developer' Callum Saunders can reward the faith that the club have shown in him with more goals. The 20-year-old was given a three-year contract in the summer of 2014. He has struggled with injuries this season but he has also shown potential in his 22 appearances to date. He has started just five games in two seasons for the club, scoring his second goal in Crewe colours in the 1-1 disappointing home game against Colchester United.
“He's been ill quite a bit this year so he's had an up and down season where he's not been able to put a run of games together.
James Collins has been fined two weeks wages after photos emerged of the player urinating in a glass and throwing over a balcony. This happened at the Cheltenham Festival where James Collins was present together with a group of other footballers.
Collins, who is currently on loan at Northampton from Shrewsbury, has so far made 12 appearances. He managed to score six goals so far to help his team consolidate their place at the top of League Two.
Both Shrewsbury and Northampton has issued a joint-statement to indicate that they have investigated the issue after a newspaper release the photos. They have decided that James Collins should be fined two weeks wages and that he will be warned about his future conduct.
West Ham have made a huge improvement in terms of form and playing style under the regime of Slaven Bilic.
The Croatian may be considered as a legend around these parts, but he did not have any managerial experience in England prior to taking over at West Ham. It was always going to be a massive job to follow in the footsteps of Sam Allardyce. The former Bolton Wanderers manager may have not entertain the fans with flowing football, but he helped the club stay in the division quite comfortably.
Immediately after taking over, Bilic enjoyed a great run by winning matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
James Collins signed a 4 year long deal with West Ham United on August of 2012 but the experienced defender wants to have his contract extended for a longer period of time as the player loves playing for his club and wants nothing else than to continue doing what he does now.
The Welsh defender is not the most skillful player on the pitch or agile and energetic one compared to some of his teammates in West Ham United but there is something that has turned James Collins into a fans favorite and this is thanks to his courage and tenacity as Collins is always up to the challenge of performing at his best every single time, in every match.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is facing the prospect of being without a number of important players like James Collins for the match against Manchester United.
The defender is amongst the several first-team players currently on the sidelines for the London outfit, who host United this weekend.
Allardyce has always relished the opportunities to beat United, but his task will be made a little bit difficult this time around since Louis Van Gaal’s team have been on an incredible run of late. They are still no closer towards cementing the top four place, but with just one defeat since December, they will prove hard to beat.
West Ham’s impressive run in the league came to an end after a 2-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.
Defender James Collins was especially aggrieved with the nature of the defeat since it felt that West Ham played much better than to deserve only a defeat. This was the first defeat for the hammers since the 2-1 loss against Manchester United at the end of September. This impressive form has seen them however around the top four even as the season approaches Christmas. The future looked bleak under Sam Allardyce 12 months ago, but there has been a complete transformation from West Ham.
Louis Van Gaal might have to do without Jonny Evans in the next match against West Ham United.
The 26-year old defender injured his leg during the league game in Leicester last weekend and left the pitch towards the end of the first half. He was hobbling and looking in pain while making his way to the sidelines.
There have been no reports regarding the nature of his injury so far. The United management is believed to be waiting for the scan reports before making an official statement.
Another United player Tyler Blackett will also not be there in that West Ham fixture having been shown the red card at the King Power Stadium the other day.