The head coach of West Ham United SlavenBilic, has recently praised and given a nickname to his 26 year old Welsh defender James Collins who has been making remarkable performances and has helped his team in avoiding the relegation zone.
West Ham United has been struggling to secure consistent victories throughout this season. Out of their 10 latest league matches, they have only managed to win 1 match which was against Swansea City in a game that was played back on April 8.
Starting from February 25 until April 29 of 2017, West Ham United played 10 matches and had to settle with 1 victory, 4 draws and 5 defeats.
In spite of this string of underwhelming results, there was 1 performer in particular that grabbed the attention of the manager SlavenBilic as he praised James Collins who still managed to prove his worth even in times of despair.
“He is exactly the same off the pitch as he is on it. He is a great man to have; he is a ‘Braveheart.He is also good in the dressing room, because he is one of the leaders, with a big heart.He is there for everyone, but he is also a joker. He likes to make fun. He deserves a lot of praise for the way he is playing with the energy and determination and dedication he puts in,” said Bilic.
James Collins has 1 more year on his contract with the English club and with this recent string of acclaimed performances, it’s likely that SlavenBilic will attempt to extend the contract of Llanellia fc the Welsh defender who has been rising above the majority of his teammates in times when West Ham United needed someone to do it.
The 17th of December being Saturday, will see West Ham go on to face Hull City in London, at the London Stadium or their latest Premier League Clash.
In order to climb up further away from the relegation zone, the Hammers still have lot of work to do, but will be boosted up ahead of their clash, following a 1-0 win against Burnley earlier this week.
With their latest win, they sit at the 15th position on the table, with four points away from the relegation zone as they head into the fixtures for Christmas and the New Year.
For Hull City however, they would be needing a win in this game if they wish to turn their fortunes around, and climb up out of the drop zone. They currently sit at the 19th position on the table, four points worse than Saturday’s opponents.
The upcoming game will see the Slaven Bilic led side without some of its players, namely, Simone Zaza, Sam Bryam, DiafraSakho and Reece Oxford. Following a hamstring injury, James Collins is not yet cleared to feature in the game and as such, would be a minor doubt.
For Hull City, Allan McGregor, Will Keane, Alex Bruce, Abel Hernandez, and Moses Odubajo will not be able to feature in the game for them.
Hull recently lost to Spurs at the White Hart Lane and heading back to London against West Ham, they would be hoping to head back home with a win.
For the Hammers, a win is quite necessary, if their under fire boss, Slaven Bilic hopes to get relieved from some pressure being mounted on him. If they come off with a win in this game, it would be their first back to back win at home this season.
Crystal Palace are set to host West Ham this weekend in a Premier League clash.
Palace would be ready to face the Hammers, who are enjoying a fitness boost ahead of the clash at Selhurst Park. The Hammers have suffered a poor start to the new season. West Ham have had just one victory in all league games played so far, and they find themselves in the relegation zone despite the huge sums spent during the summer on transfers.
On the contrary, Palace have won three of their last four games under coach Alan Pardew. A win this weekend would push them to the top six but it would be a difficult tie as West Ham would be seeing another win to boost their hopes this season.
Palace would miss Scott Dann due to hamstring injury, former Chelsea player Loic Remy remains sidelined due to a thigh strain, and Pape Souare’s broken leg would ensure he remains out. Summer addition Andre Ayew ie yet to return for the Hammers, Diafro Sakho, Gokhan Tore, Andy Carroll. Arthur Masuaku and Sam Byram would not be contributing as they remain on the sidelines.
Slaven Bilic would have to get his tactics right as the Eagles would not want any slip at home, especially in their current form. They are in eight position with eleven points. They are unbeaten in five Premier League matches so far – their longest run since December 2015.
In the last three games between both sides in the Premier League, there have been red cards. The pressure hints that a player might get marching orders, but the managers might also likely warn the players ahead of any provocation. Wilfred Zaha, and Christian Benteke would want goals, but they would have to battle Manuel Lanzini. Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio.
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.
Michail Anthonio wrote his name in gold in the record book of West Ham as he became the player to score in the new stadium. The right-back turn left winger couldn’t live up to expectations when West Ham faced Chelsea in the first game of the season, and he was pulled off. On Thursday, The Hammers played in the Europa League yet Anthonio didn’t do anything spectacular. However, the injuries forced manager Steven Bilic to give him a chance.
The game was slow, despite the landmark move away from Upton Park, after an amazing 112 years. The goal came very late in the game but they were able get a memorable finale at least. Antonio scored through a header, sending the ball over goalkeeper Arthur Boruc. The win gives West Ham their first points in the league after their loss against Chelsea in the first game. A tackle in the box allowed Hazard put Chelsea ahead from the spot, but defender James Collins fired the equalizer before Diego Costa sent the Hammers home without any point.
The game against Bournemouth wasn’t as lively as many would expect, and it became worst with a red card. Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter made a foul on Cheikhou Kouyate, picking up his second yellow card of the game. The red card cost the visitors their second defeats in two games. They did try to get a goal and then an equaliser but West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was on duty. Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini are expected to return when West Ham take on Manchester City in the next game.
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.
He had played for the Republic of Ireland as forward in the under 21 team. He then played with Hibernian as well as Swindon before he returned to New Meadow in the year 2014. He spent about half of the last season as a loan to Northampton. He then decided to make the switch to the Crawley team. As per the head coach of Crawley, he wishes to take on new challenges. He has obtained a good record for scoring goals being part of League Two. The head coach even went on to say that they would look forward to him being a long term member of the club. Indeed, the club would also look forward to training him and helping him better his skills on the field. With the new season and a new club, James can look forward to new challenges that would help him to push himself and discover new talents and abilities. His fans will also look forward to seeing him play major matches this year and how well he gets along with the new team members. Collins will definitely have much on his plate this year.
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.
He believes that a win and a draw could be enough for them to go through the next round and this is what they are hoping to achieve. Collins would want to think that they can kick off their tournament with a win against Slovakia and get a result either against England or Russia to put them through to the next round.
He said that playing England in a friendly is in itself a big game, and now they will be playing in a major tournament. He believes that the game opposing England will be a great one and that both teams will be ready to win the game. However, he wants to stay focus on the first game and ensure that they could get a positive result to put them in the best position.
Wales will be hoping that Gareth Bale will inspire them to a good tournament and that they could reach the second round where anything can happen.
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.
“But what he does do is he threatens the goal, runs in behind and I felt in the two games he come on in during the last week he has given us that threat in behind.
“He causes opponents and defenders problems and I was pleased for him that he was able to get that goal.
“What was good to see was him scoring that type of goal. He is good in their air, and scored plenty of those types of goals in the youth set-up, but he’s a little bit underdeveloped physically, a late developer, so I think for him to leap in the box and score a goal like that, it’s a good sign for him.
“He’s one that we always thought we might have to wait for, his dad (Dean) funnily enough was a late developer and Callum is the same.
“You can’t keep waiting, now is the time for him to do it, he’s still got a bit to come physically and I think this will give him some confidence going in to the summer and next season because next year will be a big year for him.”
Saunders lost clear chances at goal in the 1-0 loss to Oldham Athletic over the weekend. This loss leaves the team in last place with no win in 15 games.
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.
Shrewsbury Town Chief Executive Brian Caldwell has stated that his team will not tolerate this kind of behavior from their players since they want to preserve their image of being a community club. He said that James Collins has acknowledged his mistake and that he is determined to change his behavior in the future.
On the other hand, Shrewsbury chairman has admitted that they cannot control what the players do in their spare time, but they do need to have a particular kind of behavior because they act as role model. He believes Collins should be given the chance to rebuild his reputation as a footballer. He believes that we should forget this incident as quickly as possible and focus on what is more important: football
James Collins has issued an apology where he recognized that he have not behaved properly. He said that he was disappointed not only with himself but with the way he has let down his friends, family, teammates and everyone affected by this incident. He has vowed to work hard in changing himself so that such behavior does not repeat itself.
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.
Just before Christmas, though, the form of the team dipped and they found it hard to get results. Now,Bilic has made substantial changes to the tactics to once again make the club unpredictable to the opposition. They have no return back to winning ways and defender James Collins has praised the impact of the manager. West Ham will be able to welcome back Victor Moses in the upcoming games, as the Chelsea winger has just returned from a spell on the sidelines. His return will be a major boost toBilic, as the manager utilised to the player in a counter-attacking style during the first half of the campaign.
“I feel great, during pre-season, turning 32 was playing on mind a little bit. But now, I think I’m fitter now then I’ve ever been. The gaffer has been brilliant with me. If ever I need a day off from training he’s very understanding, so overall, I’m feeling brilliant. Credit to the gaffer, because at the start of the season he was deadly honest with me. It looked like I may have had to leave to find regular football,” said the defender, who recently turned 32.
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.
Even though he might not be the most exciting player to watch, fans of West Ham United have taken a liking to James Collins as he helped the club in avoiding the bottom relegation zone as he gave it everything he had in every instance and actually is a very solid defender who can be relied on.
Collins expressed how happy he is in performing for West Ham United as he talked during a press conference and told the media: “I’ve been here a long time and I love it. The first time around I didn’t want to leave but it was sort of thrust upon me and I left with a heavy heart.To come back was fantastic and now, with the club about to make a massive step forward and to have a chance to be part of that with the club I love would be amazing.Since we came back up to the Premier League, 10th has been the highest we’ve finished. To better that would be great. We want to finish strong because if you do that you more often than not start the next season well.”
Collins wants to see his contract with West Ham United go beyond 2016 which is it’s original expiration date and from the looks of it, the club will be prolonging the contract of James Collins as he has turned out to be a great signing and it’s only a matter of time until he receives a contract extension deal.