By Alex Taylor
West Ham have loaned out George Dobson to Walsall on a season-long deal.
The 18-year-old joined the Hammers in July last year after his move from Arsenal, where he captained the Gunners under-18 side.
The youngster has played 17 times for West Ham’s Under-21s this season and failed to either score or provide an assist for his club.
Nevertheless, he is regarded as one of football’s brightest emerging talents.
“George is someone we noticed a few months ago,” said newly-appointed manager Jon Whitney.
“We did our homework on him and spoke to West Ham. He’s held in high regard, a player who plays beyond his years.”
Dobson has never played for West Ham’s first team but now has the chance to play regular football at the Bescot Stadium after becoming the Saddlers’ sixth signing this summer.
The player expressed his delight over the move on Twitter. “Delighted to have signed on loan for Walsall!! Can’t wait to get started,” he posted
— George Dobson (@georgedobson97) June 29, 2016
It will come as no surprise to fans of the east London club that the young midfielder has had to move away from Upton Park to find regular first team football.
The senior team’s regular central midfield duo Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate both had excellent campaigns.