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Why West Ham's Winston Reid Has Come of Age in the Premier League
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With ten games left in the 2012-13 Premier League season, West Ham United look well set to avoid relegation and stay in the top flight for at least another campaign.

For a team that won promotion less than twelve months ago, still working hard to reduce eye-watering debts that is an achievement little short of remarkable.

Typically for a side finding its feet back among the big boys, the ride so far has delivered its fair share of thrills and spills.

Hammers defender Winston Reid is one of only two players who have been on the big dipper from the very start.

The New Zealand international has been at the heart of West Ham's season and although his profile may not be as gregarious as that of Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll or Mo Diame, the improvements he has shown in his all-round game have seen him out-shine his more illustriously regarded colleagues.

In short, Winston Reid is West Ham's best player and he has become a bona fide Premier League operator.

And here are some of the reasons why.

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