Danny Mills claims that Winston Reid still has plenty to offer West Ham as he closes in on a return from his injury nightmare.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back says that the New Zealand international has the experience and leadership qualities to step back into the Hammers’ line up despite his extended spell on the sidelines.
Manuel Pellegrini says that the club “must pray” that Reid does not suffer any other injury problems after over 18 months injured as he gets set to play for the under-23 side on Monday.
Despite having the likes of Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna ahead of him in the pecking order, Mills says that there is no questioning Reid’s ability to step back into the fray for the Irons.
Asked if the defender still had something to offer, Mills told Football Insider: “Oh definitely. He’s shown in the past he’s a fabulous player, a great defender. If you can bring a brilliant player of that ilk, centre-half is all about experience, being a commanding authority in there at times.
“It’s not just about how you play, it’s about how you organise, how you deal with other people, how you improve other people around you, how you lead, how you guide people.
“Without a doubt if he gets himself up to full fitness and back to that, there’s every chance he’ll be a great asset.”
Reid, 31, has played 223 times during his time in east London but has not featured since the 2017/18 campaign, his last league outing coming in a 4-1 defeat to Swansea City in March 2018.
Pellegrini lined up with Diop and Ogbonna in Saturday’s clash against Everton, goals from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson condemning them to a 2-0 defeat.