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'Best I've ever come across': Alan Pardew raves about one West Ham player

Alan Pardew delivered his verdict on West Ham United ace Craig Dawson, when speaking exclusively to The Athletic.

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The 30-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Watford in October last year.

At the time, many West Ham fans questioned the wisdom behind David Moyes bringing a so-called ‘relegation merchant’ to the London Stadium.

Those critics have now been silenced emphatically, however.

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West Ham have an option to buy Dawson for just £2 million if he makes 15 Premier League appearances this season (The Athletic).

Alan Pardew raves about West Ham ace Craig Dawson

The 30-year-old has already played 12 league games for the Hammers so it will be just a matter of time before he links up with the East London outfit on a permanent basis.

Pardew described the impending deal to sign Dawson permanently as a great piece of business for West Ham, when speaking exclusively to The Athletic:

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“I enjoyed working with Dawson and he’s the best attacker of set pieces that I’ve ever come across in my managerial career. It’s incredible the amount of goals he scores as a defender and he’s had a positive impact on the defensive and offensive end for David Moyes. Dawson’s next ambition will probably be to get in the national team. I’m really pleased for him because he’s a great person, easy to manage and the deal is pretty much nailed on now, so it’s a great piece of business for West Ham to get him for £2 million.”

Dawson has proven to be a truly sensational addition for West Ham.

In 12 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, the 30-year-old has averaged 0.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, four clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. He has also won an average of 2.6 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

And as suggested by Pardew, £2 million, plus the £1 million loan fee, it truly outstanding business for the East London outfit.

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