David Moyes deserves big credit for “seeing something” in Craig Dawson and has been key to his stunning transformation at West Ham.
That is according to former European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 30-year-old was on target yet again in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool — his third goal in three weeks.
The following match, a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, was the centre-back’s seventh successive league start.
Dawson signed on-loan from Watford in the summer and was expected to play a bit-part role but is currently flourishing in East London.
Phillips thinks the ex-England Under-21 man has been a revelation and that credit should go to the manager as much as the player himself.
“Yeah, I’m always quick to give credit to the players and the manager too,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“Moyes has obviously seen something in him that other people haven’t. He is an experienced guy and so is Dawson.
“Teams like West Brom could really do with him at the heart of their defence. He’s organised and hard to play against.
“Credit to him. I was sceptical about whether he’d succeed in London but he has. Good luck to him. He is one of the reasons West Ham are doing so well at the moment.”
Dawson has scored 46 goals in 381 appearances across his senior career — a goals-to-games ratio of just over one in eight.
He began his professional career with Rochdale before spending almost a decade with West Brom and moving to Watford in 2019.