James Tomkins knows there is a big scrap on to fill the central defensive positions this season and is well up for the battle.
JT partnered former Juventus man Angelo Ogbonna for the first time against Charlton and was very impressed with him and another newcomer Dimitri Payet.
Speaking to the official site, he said:“It was nice to play alongside another partner, his English is quite good so he was talking quite a lot which was good.
“It’sgoing to be a good contest to see who’s going to play there at the start of the season as we have a lot of good individuals at centre half.
“I relish that competition for sure, it keeps you on your toes and shows you that’s nobody’s guaranteed a place.
“Saturday was my first chance to play with Payet and he gets in those holes and causes defences problems. He looks like a great acquisition for the team and if he can link up with Sakho like he did a few times today then we’ll get bundles of goals.
“I enjoyed playing with him today, just like the others and Sakho’s looking sharp as ever as well.”