Rice’s comments on ‘immense’ ace prove how West Ham nearly made huge transfer mistake

Rice’s comments on ‘immense’ ace prove how West Ham nearly made huge transfer mistake

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Declan Rice raved about Craig Dawson last night, and the captain’s comments highlight how close West Ham were to making a big mistake in the summer transfer window.

Dawson was heavily linked with an exit from the London Stadium in the summer, and despite the fact that he stayed in the end, reports have claimed that he could leave in January.

The 32-year-old made his first start of the season last night against Silkeborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

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Dawson looked extremely rusty at times, but that’s fair enough. He hasn’t played 90 minutes since the end of last season after all.

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One thing we have really missed during the ex-Watford defender’s absence is his ability to attack the ball from corners and free-kicks.

The experienced centre-back scored our third goal of the game last night, and despite his shaky start, he actually finished the game well.

Declan Rice raves about West Ham teammate

The Hammers skipper, 23, spoke to reporters after our 3-2 win last night and raved about big Daws, as quoted by The Evening Standard:

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“Obviously [Gianluca] Scamacca’s was a great goal but for Daws to score that, obviously he’s had a tough couple of months but we’re delighted he’s with us and obviously the fans love him as well.”

Now, Rice’s comments prove just how important Craig Dawson is to this West Ham United team.

He’s obviously a very good defender and is vital for us on the pitch.

But his off-field influence is hugely important as well. The 32-year-old is a massively popular figure at the London Stadium, with with the fans and his fellow players.

And the comments from Declan Rice on Craig Dawson highlight just how close West Ham came to making a huge transfer mistake by selling him in the summer.

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