Tomkins wins award

James Tomkins has been voted SBOBET Player of the Month for January by users of

The 20-year-old centre-back had a fine start to 2010 as he helped West Ham United to three straight Premier League draws, conceding just one goal in the process. After picking up the man-of-the-match award for his performance in the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, Tomkins, playing alongside Matthew Upson, was equally impressive in the stalemates with Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers.

In one of the closest months of voting yet, the England Under-21 international eventually emerged as the winner in the poll with 31 per cent of the vote, just in front of Robert Green on 27 per cent and Valon Behrami on 25 per cent.

Tomkins becomes the fifth winner of an SBOBET Player of the Month gong this season, following Julien Faubert, Zavon Hines and Carlton Cole's victories in August, September and October respectively. Scott Parker picked up the award for his performances in November and December.

Tomkins is set to be presented with his trophy at an upcoming home game. will have full reaction from him shortly.