Craig Dawson could be convinced to stay at West Ham United in January
Craig Dawson could yet be convinced to stay at West Ham in January, despite wanting an exit in the summer for personal reasons say Claret & Hugh.
The Hammers defender was close to a move to Wolves on deadline day, with the club accepting a £5.25m bid from the Midlands side and identifying Jan Bednarek as a replacement.
But when the Polish defender opted instead to join Aston Villa, West Ham pulled the plug on Dawson’s move to Wolves and he was forced to stay until January at least.
It had been expected that he could look to leave again in the upcoming window, but a new report (22 November) claims that Wolves’ hiring of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager means they’re unlikely to reignite their interest.
With Wolves bottom of the league, it’s unknown if Dawson would consider the move anyway, and there is renewed hope that he could now stay until the end of his contract in the summer.
West Ham have really struggled defensively this season, losing nine of their 15 games so far this season and sitting just one point above the relegation zone themselves.
And while Dawson’s form this season hasn’t quite reached the levels it did last season, his experience and leadership is something that would undoubtedly be missed if he did leave.
He has suffered a bit more with injuries this season, and with Nayef Aguerd now fit again and looking to get his Hammers career started following a serious injury it’s possible that Dawson sees him game time more limited.
But it’s a squad game and as David Moyes continues to look for a solution to their issues in the league, a switch in formation to a back three with Dawson partnering Aguerd and Kurt Zouma is possible.
West Ham are stronger when they have Dawson in the side as opposed to when they don’t, so this can only be seen as good news in what has been a tough season.