West Ham United centre-back Winston Reid has enjoyed a truly outstanding season so far.
The New Zealand international has started all 17 Barclays Premier League matches, helping the Hammers to keep six clean sheets and scoring in the 3-0 win over Fulham in September. On Sunday, the No2 was in imperious form at West Bromwich Albion, earning man of the match honours and coming within inches of scoring an all-important goal shortly after the half-hour mark.
In this week's Big Interview, Reid told whufc.com he feels he is consistently playing the best football of his career so far and revealed that he is looking forward to his first experience of Christmas football.
You certainly earned your money at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, didn't you?
WR - "Not only the back four defend well, but the whole team worked really hard. We were playing against a West Brom side who had a very good home record, so it was tough out there, but I thought we played a good game and defensively we did well."
You mainted your positional discipline against a West Brom side who move a lot off the ball and could easily have been pulled out of position, didn't you?
WR - "Obviously we work on it through the week on how the opposition are going to play. We had a feeling that if we could keep a clean sheet we could maybe pop one in at the other end. On Sunday, it wasn't to be, but we came away with a point and that is good."
You could have scored the winner yourself, couldn't you? Or had the referee blown for a foul before you shot over the crossbar?
"He didn't blow and I really should have put that in, but life goes on. We were under pressure for parts of the game, but you are always going to do that away from home. It is just how you handle it and I thought we handled it well. Obviously, they had some opportunities but overall I thought we did well.
You picked up another man of the match award at The Hawthorns. Do you feel this is the best you have ever played?
WR - "Obviously, we are playing at the highest level, so compared to the first year [in the Premier League in 2010/11] when I didn't really get a run in the team, this year I've been really pleased with my performances. I think you are learning with every game and when you are training as well."
We have a hectic Christmas period coming up. Are you looking forward to it, or would you rather be putting your feet up?
WR - "This will be the first Christmas where I have been playing full out, so hopefully we will be able to pick up some points. Last year I was injured with my shoulder so I only played the last game before the New Year. I was training over Christmas, though. In my first season here I was not involved in the team over Christmas."
We have another tough fixture coming on Saturday with the visit of Everton. However, we know that a victory should see us in the top half at Christmas, so you and your team-mates must be feeling confident of picking up three points?
WR - "I think we are a side with the mentality that we are tough to break down. The manager has instilled into us that we work really hard for each other. These are exciting times, I am looking forward to the games coming up. We take confidence from where we sit in the table, but the main thing is to pick up points from every game we play and keep it up."