A number of West Ham United fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Craig Dawson’s display as the Hammers beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday.
You could certainly understand why Irons supporters – and this particular writer – felt that David Moyes signing Dawson on loan was a poor move in the summer.
The 30-year-old had suffered two relegations in three years. And after being linked with some big-money moves earlier in the window, it appeared to be a hugely underwhelming decision to bring in a Championship defender on loan.
And the confusion over the move only grew as Dawson went into late December still awaiting his debut.
But since appearing for the first time, Dawson has been nothing short of outstanding.
And his latest superb display came this weekend as the Irons beat Burnley 1-0 at the London Stadium. As shown by Whoscored.com, he made seven clearances in the victory.
Remarkably, West Ham have kept clean sheets in all four of the games Dawson has played. And many have now implored the club to make his move permanent – as they reportedly plan to (via Watford Observer). Some would even do it during this window.
Of course, there are likely to be times ahead when Dawson is not quite as impressive. But he has silenced his doubters. And he has shown that he still has plenty to contribute at the highest level.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to Dawson’s display…
— Nathaniel John (@Nathaniel_John) January 17, 2021
4 clean sheets
— Marko Louevuo (@MarkoLouevuo) January 16, 2021
Honestly was not happy when we signed Dawson but man he’s definitely proved me wrong. Would be happy to sign him permanently
— WHUFC Arch⚒ (@whufcreports) January 16, 2021
To be fair to Dawson based on his performances so far, I’d sign him on a permanent, begrudgingly release Reid, reduce the wage bill & free up a loan spot that lets us look at a Left Back
— WHUFC_⚒️_Football_Sloth (@WhufcSloth) January 16, 2021
When @WHUFC signed Dawson I think everyone was extremely underwhelmed but what a signing he has proved to be. 4 clean sheets in a row and a goal to boot. Sign him up permanently. COYI ⚒️
— Mark (@MarkygWHU) January 16, 2021
— Ben Hick (@MrBenHick) January 16, 2021
— Jacob Hearne (@jacobhearne0) January 16, 2021
— Emily Pulham (@makingthemarrow) January 16, 2021