Craig Dawson put in an absolutely magnificent performance for West Ham United away at Burnley yesterday.

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And the 30-year-old proved that he is still a vitally important player for the Hammers in spite of a succession of poor displays recently.

Dawson joined West Ham originally on loan in October, but his deal will now be made permanent in the summer.

The centre-back had to bide his time before getting his chance just after Christmas away at Southampton.

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Craig Dawson (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Dawson really impressed for the Hammers and instantly established himself as somewhat of a cult hero at the London Stadium.

What an incredible piece of business by David Moyes!

The 30-year-old proved his doubters wrong with 10 or 12 superb displays at the heart of West Ham’s defence.


The former West Brom and Watford defender then had a few bad games, however. And questions were raised as to whether he is actually good enough to be playing for a club with European aspirations.

Craig Dawson was superb for West Ham against Burnley

After being sent off against Newcastle two weeks ago, the 30-year-old was forced to sit out the Chelsea game.

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Craig Dawson (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

He returned to the starting XI for last night’s clash with Burnley, however. And what a performance he produced!

Dawson made one tackle, 11 clearances, one block and won seven aerial duals against Burnley (Who Scored).

It was literally the perfect defensive performance away against a direct team like the Clarets.

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The Sun claims that West Ham will pay just £3 million (including original £1 million loan fee) to sign Dawson on a permanent deal in the summer.

That’s incredible value for the Hammers. And we love the 30-year-old centre-back. He proved his worth once again last night, that’s for sure.

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