By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

3rd Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit wants Craig Dawson to snub January West Ham United exit

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Craig Dawson must snub a January exit from West Ham United according to Frank McAvennie, after getting a well earned break for the World Cup.

Dawson was expected to leave in the summer transfer window, before the deal collapsed after the Hammers couldn’t bring in a replacement for him on deadline day.

The central defender has been dealing with personal issues that saw him want to move closer to his family up north, but recent reports suggest he could be convinced to stay put until the end of his contract in the summer of 2023 and that’s something McAvennie thinks would be ideal.

“Would it be good to see him stay in January? Of course,” he told West Ham Zone. “A couple of times he’s been caught flapping, but that’s because he’s playing all the time.

“He’s a stalwart in the team and this break will do him the world of good. You know what you’re getting with him.

Zouma has just had his operation and hopefully he’ll be ready for January, but hopefully they get everyone fit and that would be better for everyone.

Dawson has been one of the regulars for David Moyes over the last 12 months, cementing his place alongside Zouma when Angelo Ogbonna suffered a serious knee injury.

His no-nonsense style has really earned him fan favourite status, and it would be a massive shame to see him leave mid-season considering all the injury problems we’ve suffered with this year.

It’s fair to say that family should always come first and nobody would begrudge him that move, but with Zouma now out for the “foreseeable future” it’s likely that he will be needed to help Nayef Aguerd settle in.

Any new addition would undoubtedly need time to bed in and considering our league position, it’s just not something we can afford right now.