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Frank McAvennie has been thrilled by the form of West Ham United defender Craig Dawson since his arrival at the London Stadium.

David Moyes signed the enforcer on loan from Championship side Watford after their relegation and can make that move permanent for only £3million.

McAvennie heaped praise on the defender, claiming his no-nonsense approach has certainly helped the Hammers this season.

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Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said, “I was talking to someone there the other day, saying he’s the type of no-nonsense player.

“Dawson puts himself and his body on the line, and he’s not like Virgil Van Dijk, but a good old-fashioned centre-halve. I think he’s very good.

“He doesn’t get a lot of credit but he’s done brilliantly after coming in. It’s looking good for West Ham, and they’ve been magnificent.” 

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Dawson has been a revelation this season, and this should be a no-brainer.

It took time for the Watford loanee to force his way into the side, but once he did that, he has become irreplaceable in defence.

The 30-year-old has scored twice, and made over four clearances per game according to WhoScored, one of only three others to do so in this squad.

With three months left in the season, it will be interesting to see what happens, but Dawson has certainly proved himself at the London Stadium.

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