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Frank McAvennie says West Ham have badly missed 'immense' £5 million man

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Frank McAvennie says West Ham have badly missed 'immense' £5 million man

West Ham United are really missing the leadership qualities of experienced defender Craig Dawson according to Frank McAvennie.

The 32-year-old was heavily linked with an exit from the Hammers in the summer, with Wolves and Aston Villa both keen to sign him (The Daily Mail).

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And there have been recent reports suggesting that West Ham could sell Craig Dawson in January, with the 32-year-old keen to move closer to his home in the north of England.

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The ex-Watford ace has actually been missing for most of the season with a thigh problem, but he made his return to David Moyes’s starting XI against Silkeborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League a couple of weeks ago.

West Ham are currently in the midst of a truly woeful run of form. Is it a coincidence that Dawson has been absent for the majority of the season? One ex-Hammer doesn’t think so…

West Ham have really missed Craig Dawson

Frank McAvennie was speaking to West Ham Zone an offered his thoughts on why West Ham have been struggling so bad recently:

I think he’s got to get right in. You can’t beat experience and I think he’s got to be put right back in. He’s a no-nonsense centre half, that’s what we need. He doesn’t mess about, he doesn’t dribble out of the back, he just clears it. Clears it. Clears his lines, puts his tackles in, gets his body in front of the ball and that’s all you can ask for from a centre half. He’s got to come back in as quick as.

He originally joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Watford in October 2020. West Ham then made his move to the London Stadium a permanent one for a further £3 million in the summer of 2021 (The Sun).

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£3 million for the no-nonsense, tough-tackling centre-back now seems like an absolute bargain.

The Daily Mail reckon that the Hammers could see him for around £5 million. We would much prefer that he stayed at the London Stadium though.

Daws has established himself as a cult hero at West Ham but he’s actually a lot more than that. He’s a very good good defender, and labelling him as a cult hero really doesn’t do him justice.

Dawson vital for West Ham

He has been described as an ‘immense’ centre-back by the Evening Standard. And ex-Hammer Carlton Cole once labelled him as ‘special’ (Daily Mail).

Dawson has actually taken his game to a whole new level entirely over the past year or so, adding a really impressive range of passing to his game:

Let’s hope that Craig Dawson remains at West Ham beyond the January transfer window.

We think that he’s a really important player for us. And Frank McAvennie clearly agrees with that.

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