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West Ham “open-minded” on Craig Dawson’s future

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West Ham United are “open-minded” in allowing Craig Dawson time to ponder his final decision regarding his future at the London Stadium.

What’s the word?

That is according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who believes that the 32-year-old has earned the right to choose what is best for him.

As such, the east London club are now willing to allow the defender time to mull over his future before making a final decision on the matter.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Dawson, Jones said: “To be honest, he deserves the respect to take time over this decision and what he wants to do next. From everything I’ve heard, West Ham are very open minded about that.”

Tremendous servant

At 32, Dawson is one of the most senior players in the West Ham squad, which boasts an average age of 27.8.

His effect both on and off the pitch since his initial loan spell at the club in late 2020 has been significant for a Hammers side which has finished in the top seven in the last couple of seasons.

Dawson’s level of consistency has seen him become a fan favourite at the London Stadium, with many supporters very appreciative of his goalscoring output in particular (nine in 76 games), especially considering his position as a centre-back.

On his first start of the season, in the Europa Conference League group stage clash against Silkeborg, the 6 ft 2 centre-back once again demonstrated his nous to poach a goal, converting yet another set piece in what has been a rinse-and-repeat narrative during his spell at West Ham up to now.

He was a key part of Moyes’ squad just last season, making 34 appearances in the Premier League across a campaign which saw him start 30 times. He also featured 10 times in the Irons’ run to the Europa League semi-finals.

He has most certainly earned the right to decide his West Ham future, but hopefully he will stay put amidst their tricky start to the Premier League season.

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