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Hammers’ ‘outstanding business’ hailed

West Ham’s signing of Craig Dawson has been hailed by Martin Keown.

The ex-Arsenal defender was commentating on the Hammers’ clash with West Brom on BT Sport earlier this week.

He was treated to a defensively assured display, as the Hammers fought off a spirited Baggies fight back to win 2-1 at the London Stadium.

Michail Antonio was perhaps the headline-grabbing player, as his acrobatic finish gave the Irons all three points, but Adams made sure to lavish a fair amount of praise on the signing of Dawson.

The centre-back arrived on loan from Watford and Adams compared his signing to the pursuit of James Tarkowski; the Burnley centre-back could have arrived for a fee of over £30m.

Adams said, via Hammers News: “Outstanding business. They wanted Tarkowski who would have cost them £30 million and can now sign Dawson for a couple of million. He’s been outstanding.”

Dawson has yet to be on the losing side in the Premier League for the Hammers, and in four games with him in the team, the Irons have only conceded once.

What a signing he has turned out to be, and if he keeps playing like this, you have to think the deal will become a permanent one.

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8 comments on “Hammers’ ‘outstanding business’ hailed

  1. Was it Keown or Adam’s? Seems to change half way through the story.

  2. Did Martin Keown change his name by deed poll to Adams during the writing of this article. Or did the author have a senior moment?

    Does anyone check the articles on here for spelling and errors before they press send ?

  3. I do not know why everyone is really rating Dawson. OK if a cross comes in, he is good with his clearance headers but if anyone runs at him.,he backs off and backs off until they have a better opportunity to shoot on goal, , as what happened with WBA. Diop would of tackled Periera (not sure how to spell his name) before that shot came in, and is just as good in the air.

    • Agree Steve, Dawson was badly at fault for West Brom’s goal – what was he thinking backing off like that?!

    • Agree. Dawson at fault for goal.

    • Seen it ten times now. Still can’t see what he did wrong. Stood off instead of jumping in. Did his job encouraging the WBA to shoot from 22yds rather than get closer. Idea is that nobody beats Fabianski from 22yds. Or at least, the further out the better chance of a save. Just unlucky this time. Probably should have been WH free kick for offside. Can’t blame Dawson. Lesser players would have jumped in, got beaten and stuck their arm in the air in protest – just like Keown or Adams used to do.

  4. I think Dawson is good defensively and also good when we have set plays for us at the other end of the pitch, he is slow to control passes and slow on the ball though and his distribution is awful, he gives the ball away through significantly misplaced passes which hasn’t hurt us so far but at some point it will probably against a high pressing team. On the plus side yes he does seem to be somewhat of.a lucky talisman so lets ride that for as long as we can, if both option aren’t available its better to be lucky than good 🙂

  5. Never said he is perfect. Good solid player. Great at the price. Part of a successful team at the moment. Probably be past his best in ten years’ time – but right man for today.

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