Claret&Hugh: He arrived as a zero and left a hero: Thanks for the memories Craig Dawson

Thanks for everything Craig but we understand family comes first

Craig Dawson (WHU) at the Arsenal v West Ham United EPL match, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th December, 2021.

It would be reasonable to claim that Craig Dawson was the best David Moyes signing during his time in charge. Most were underwhelmed when the manager brought him in but over the time he was with us, the central defender gave everything to the point where he was third choice of Hammer of the year last season

Brought in on loan before being bought for £3 million, he has produced some titanic performances and managed eight goals in all competitions. As value for money goes, it really doesn’t get much better than that and congratulations to the manager for unearthing a player whom Watford felt had no future – no surprise there given that club’s record.

Sadly, it didn’t end well but we are pleased that given his difficult personal circumstances, the 32-year-old and the club found a way through the problems. It wasn’t easy for either side with the player desperately needing out and the club suffering injuries at central defence.

But thankfully a way was found so it’s all worked out well despite him joining a club which currently represents a relegation rival but hopefully not for long in our case. The recovery from injury of Nayef Aguerd and the return to fitness of Kurt Zouma showed conclusively that Daws could be allowed to move on.

The pair of them looked to be a fine pairing in the game against Everton although let’s not get too carried away at a single victory against a poor team. Angelo Ogbonna too – what a great servant – looked back to his best and so with great relief no doubt Daws was in a position to look at his domestic situation first and get the move he so required.

So thanks for everything Craig and well done to the club and player. Family first.

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