Date: 11th March 2021 at 3:00pm
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West Ham defender Craig Dawson is currently performing at the peak of his powers according to former Scotland Alex McLeish.

The man on loan from Watford for the 2020/21 campaign has been earning plenty of plaudits for his recent performances, and McLeish has added to the growing list of admirers when speaking to Football Insider.

He said: ”Craig’s proved to be a wonderful professional. He’s had a tremendous career. I tried to get him a few years ago. I think it was at , and Dawson was a player who was on a lot of people’s radars at the time. He’s evolved, at 30-years-old, a fabulous guy and at the peak of his career now. When you’re a defender, you’ve still got the legs.”

McLeish, a former central defender of rich acclaim himself, continued with his praise of the 30-year-old:

”He’s obviously now got the knowledge and he’s got a combination of both. He’s at the peak of his fitness. Also, he’s at the peak of his knowledge of the art of defending and attacking at set-pieces. He’s come up with a right few goals as well.”

This follows a report from The Athletic claiming Dawson is just three Premier League starts away from triggering a clause that will see West Ham pay £2m to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis.

OPINION

Although Dawson has enjoyed a long and relatively distinguished career in the top flight, it’s difficult not to consider this his best season to date.

Having suffered the indignity of relegation last season with , to make an immediate return to the league and be on the verge of Champions League qualification, is some transformation in fortunes.