West Ham have completed the signing of Watford defender Craig Dawson on loan for the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
David Moyes has finally seen a centre-back join the club, though not his first choice. West Ham have signed Craig Dawson on loan from Watford, and the Hammers also have the option to buy the 30-year-old at the end of the season.
We are pleased to announce the signing of defender Craig Dawson on a season-long loan from Watford.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 12, 2020
Dawson has plenty of experience in the Premier League, making over 180 appearances in England’s top flight. The Englishman has a decent record of popping up with goals, scoring fourteen, despite being a defender. The 30-year-old will likely be used as a back up to the club’s current first-choice defenders such as Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop.
The club can also rely on Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice to fill in the centre-back positions if needed. David Moyes has had his say on the loan of Dawson, praising his professionalism and leadership qualities.
“I’m delighted to welcome Craig to the Club. He is a fantastic professional with proven quality and experience in the Premier League. Moyes said.
The defender himself is delighted to be joining the Hammers. In his interview with West Ham, the Englishman spoke of his excitement to be joining the squad. Dawson has pointed out how talented the squad is, although he hopes to ‘slot straight in’.
“I can’t wait to get started and share my experience. We’ve got a lot of experienced lads here anyway and to be joining this group of players is an exciting prospect, so I can’t wait.
“It’s a talented group and I can add competition to that back line, so hopefully I can slot straight in with the lads and help them improve their game as well. Dawson told West Ham.
Dawson will be able to challenge the current players at West Ham for their positions; competition for places is always a good thing. The new Hammer can also fill in at right-back, providing support to Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks.
Dawson’s arrival and ability to fill in at full-back could lead to youngster Ben Johnson going on loan to the Championship before the close of the EFL domestic transfer window. Following the confirmation of Dawson, West Ham can now focus on the finalising the deal to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma.
West Ham’s next game is a tough London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Dawson would be eligible to make his debut in the match should he be selected.