In-form West Ham ace Dawson treats coaching like a ‘match’
According to Hammers News, BT Sport commentator Ian Darke gave an interesting glimpse into training on West Ham borrower Craig Dawson in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
Darke has found that Dawson treats training like a match, in a dedicated approach that requires one or two West Ham players to stay away from the defender while preparing.
Dawson was on loan from Watford at the end of the summer transfer window but was not used for the Hammers until their final 2020 Premier League game. It has been a staple food ever since.
The center-back has shown Premier League quality in the past, playing for West Brom for years before sadly relegated to Watford in his debut season with the Hertfordshire team.
Dawson has started and played every minute of the team’s last nine Premier League games in east London. They only lost once in a good run.
The Mail reports that Watford is offering the Hammers an opportunity to sign the defender for just £ 3m in the January transfer window, but they have decided to wait for a permanent move.
Here’s what Darke had to say about Dawson:
“I’ve been told that our two players stay one away from him (Dawson) during practice because he treats practice like he’s playing a match.”
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Dawson has also scored two goals for the Hammers this season, quickly showing off the devastating ability of the air he has shown in the past.
David Moyes’ squad is actually one of the most dominant teams in the Premier League. Dawson competes alongside Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio.
Dawson’s accomplishments have helped the Hammers finish fifth on the Premier League table, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, making European football a real possibility next season.
Given Dawson’s displays, it would be stupid for the Hammers to get a permanent deal with the center-back at the end of the season, especially if he’s available for a cheap fee of around £ 3million.
The fact that the 30-year-old left his own teammates in training before duels, probably for fear of injury, says it all about the ace’s overwhelming presence.