Craig Dawson was absolutely brilliant for West Ham once again tonight, and absolutely dominated Wolves loanee Fabio Silva during our clash with Anderlecht.

The Wolves owned striker didn’t get a look-in all night long.

The 32-year-old centre-back was incredibly close to leaving the London Stadium in the summer transfer window, and it still being linked with a move away in January.

Thank God Dawson stayed with West Ham though…what on earth would we do without him?

The experienced centre-back is the best defender that David Moyes has at his disposal in my opinion. It’s just such a shame that he is out of contract in the summer of 2023.

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And with it being well known that he wants to move closer to his family home in the north of England, the Hammers may well find it hard to keep him.

After tonight’s performance for West Ham against Anderlecht though, David Moyes has to pull out all the stops to keep the former West Brom and Watford man at the London Stadium…

Craig Dawson was sensational for West Ham against Anderlecht

The 32-year-old was the best player on the pitch for the Hammers and kept Fabio Silva, on loan from Wolves, quiet all night long.

It was another tough watch for the Hammers fans tonight but there can be no questions asked of Craig Dawson.

The centre-back did not put a foot wrong and he was the standout performer for us tonight in my opinion.

West Ham United's Craig Dawson was exceptional against Anderlecht tonight
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Many fans and so-called pundits view Dawson as an old-school, no nonsense defender, and in some ways, that’s exactly what he is.

The truth though, is that the 32-year-old has so much more about him than that.

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).

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.

The 32-year-old is one of the best passers amongst the West Ham centre-backs now having worked really hard to improve that aspect of his game, and he deserves huge credit for that.

Craig Dawson was superb for West Ham against Anderlecht tonight, and Moyes must do everything that he can to keep him at the club.

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