If you were to ask me at the beginning of the season what are best defensive pairing was I would have said Winston Reid Reid and James Tomkins, all day long.
After the game at Arsenal, where Carl Jenkinson was forced to miss out due to ineligibility, we were forced to play James Tomkins at right-back.
The back four were rock solid and I think we were all surprised that Tomkins was dropped for the very next game as he was extremely tidy and efficient. That was a tough one on him.
I don’t think Angelo Ogbonna has had a decent run in the team to form an informed opinion on just how good he is. But what we do know is that James Collins was as stable as the rock of Gibraltar and superlative in his determination. That is until he had brain failure against Watford.
He would have had little chance of being upended on his form up until that point and now he has probably dropped in the pecking order if Ogbonna comes in (as expected) against West Brom this weekend.
Ideally, my back four would be Tomkins, Cresswell, Collins and Reid and Ogbonna as the centre-half sub and Jenkinson coming off the bench also.
Collins and Reid seem to work well as a pairing and throw themselves at everything heading in their direction. Exactly what you need from your centre-halves. Cresswell and Tomkins provide great cover on the flanks and what Tomkins lacks in putting in crosses a la Jenkinson, he makes up for in defensive cover.
Who do you think is our best centre-half pairing and why? Does Jenkinson deserve to be dropped to pave the way for Ogbonna to slot in at centre-half? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.