Why West Brom’s Craig Dawson Would Be A Brilliant Signing For Burnley
According to the Sun, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley and West Ham are all tracking the situation of West Brom defender Craig Dawson.
West Brom are on the brink of getting relegated to the Championship despite a four-match unbeaten run under caretaker manager Darren Moore. The Baggies are 5 points adrift of safety with only two games left and so they are almost certain to go down.
Craig Dawson has been a solid performer for West Brom in an otherwise dismal season in the Premier League. Since moving to central defence, the 27-year-old has been a surprise package and performed well alongside Jonny Evans, before losing his place to Ahmed Hegazi.
Dawson has been a mainstay for West Brom since signing from Rochdale back in 2010. He has made 165 appearances for the Baggies, scoring 12 goals. He has thrived at full-back but due to his versatility, the 27-year-old can also play in central defence and that enhances his value.
The Englishman is about to hit his prime and can ply his trade in England’s top-flight for years to come. He is comfortable defending one-on-one and can bring the ball out of defence. Also, Dawson remains a big threat from set-pieces, as most of his goals have come from headers inside the box.
The Sun claims that Burnley boss Sean Dyche is a huge admirer of Dawson as he looks to strengthen his squad for next season. Dyche’s Burnley have punched above their weight this season as they are trying all out to book a place in Europe.
The Clarets’ defence has been stellar, with James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Kevin Long all working well in tandem. Dawson’s signing makes sense as he will add more experience and solidity to the Burnley backline.
Dawson, who has been playing at right-back for the majority of his Albion career, has also performed admirably well in central defence whenever called upon. His versatility would allow Dyche to play a three-man defence according to a game’s need.
The 27-year-old is a seasoned Premier League campaigner and has put in some flawless performances this season. He would certainly improve the Burnley squad by adding more experience and tactical know-how of the game.
With Burnley striving hard to book a place in next season’s Europa League, the best thing Dyche could do at this moment is to think about signing Dawson from West Brom. Being a leader and a warrior at the back, he would certainly be a fantastic addition to the Clarets’ ranks.