Familiar Face To Shore Up Leaky Defence?

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West Ham United’s defensive woes could be addressed with a familiar face, as Julen Lopetegui reportedly eyes a reunion with Craig Dawson for his first signing as manager.

The Hammers have conceded a staggering 70 goals in the Premier League this season, a problem that transcends coaching. While Konstantinos Mavropanos has impressed sometimess, the rest of the backline desperately needs reinforcements.

Enter Craig Dawson. West Ham sold Dawson to Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2023, with Lopetegui at the helm. This suggests Lopetegui is a big admirer of the experienced centre-back.

Since Dawson’s departure, West Ham’s defensive frailties have become more pronounced. His return to the London Stadium, even for a short-term spell of 1-2 years, could significantly aid Lopetegui’s transition period.

Dawson’s initial move to Wolves might have been motivated by a desire to be closer to his home in northern England. However, his circumstances could have changed, making a short-term contract an attractive proposition for both player and club.

A player familiar with Lopetegui’s tactics and the Premier League could prove to be a masterstroke. Dawson’s comfort on the ball during his final West Ham season aligns perfectly with Lopetegui’s preferred style of play.

West Ham fans might be in for a reunion if Lopetegui’s first signing is indeed Craig Dawson. This move wouldn’t just bolster the defence, it would also showcase Lopetegui’s immediate grasp of the squad’s needs.

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  • Trevor says:

    Craig Dawson is a vastly underrated defender that West Ham have missed, but he
    won’t be coming back after waiting half a season for his move to be nearer his native north.
    …. I read the manufactured report that Simon is referring to – it’s just an assumption that Julen would want to bring him back to West Ham. Click bait as usual.

  • Burch says:

    Simon, do you ever think its worth considering quality over quantity when it comes to posting?

  • Alan Beresford says:

    No chance. Craig Dawson’s desire to be nearer his family was never a secret. Why would he change that ?

    And besides, much as I loved his time at West Ham we need to be building for the future.

  • Jamie says:

    This is rubbish talk …he moved for.his familys sake …family must come first …who writes this rubbish ????

  • Tegs says:

    oldest squad in the league, why are we being linked with yet more 30+ players??

    the short term bandwagon continues 🙁

  • Rock Hammer says:

    His reasons for wanting to be closer to home have not changed. As good as he was for us and his enjoyment whilst here, he won’t be returning.

  • Attwood says:

    Don’t be silly, he was a great servant to our club but he now 52 and doesn’t want to come back to London

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