Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on West Ham United defender Craig Dawson for his impact on their defence.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker revealed the 30-year-old is an incredibly tough defender to play against because of his aggression and strength.

After waiting until the end of December to make his debut for the Hammers, Dawson has started their last five games in all competitions.

Matheus Pereira’s goal for West Brom in the Irons’ 2-1 win on Monday night was the first goal they conceded since Dawson’s introduction.

The Watford-loanee moved to London Stadium in October after West Ham failed in their pursuit of Burnley’s James Tarkowski.

The move led to some raised eyebrows at the time but with the Englishman currently averaging five clearances per game, according to sofascore, Agbonlahor has insisted it was good business.

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He told Football Insider“I played against him at West Brom and he was always hard to get past. He’s very strong, aggressive and a very good old fashioned defender.

“It was a good bit of business there and I don’t see him losing his place in that team.

“He’s definitely going to keep starting in that team.”

Dawson told the London Evening Standard after their victory over West Brom: I finally got in the side and obviously the performances from the squad have been really good, hopefully, we can keep that going.

I seem to have a good partnership with Ange [Ogbonna], hopefully, we can keep that going.

In other news, a top pundit has told David Moyes to sign a Premier League striker after the Athletic’s £27m West Ham reveal.