BBC pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Wolves’ signing of Craig Dawson, after the defender scored on his debut against Liverpool at the weekend.
Julen Lopetegui decided to hand a start to the 32-year-old, with Nathan Collins dropping to the bench.
And it proved to be a great call from the manager.
Dawson excelled alongside Maximilian Kilman, with the Express & Star giving him an 8/10 for his display, branding him ‘composed and commanding’.
Dawson set Wolves back just £3.3 million a couple of weeks ago when he signed from West Ham United.
He arrived at Molineux as the fourth signing of the January window, and one that had be coming for a while.
Wolves had lined Dawson up on deadline day in the last summer window. But West Ham ultimately weren’t willing to sell.
But Wolves have their man now after keeping him on their radar, and he already looks an absolute bargain. Crooks praised the signing as he selected Dawson in his latest Team of the Week.
He said (BBC Sport): “It was an inspired move by Wolverhampton Wanderers to get Dawson during the transfer window from West Ham.
“The defender, who played for West Brom the last time they were in the Premier League, is back in the West Midlands and looking just as comfortable in the famous gold and black club colours at Molineux as he did at the Hawthorns.”
Craig Dawson will be an amazing signing for Wolves, as he shines on debut against Liverpool
It was interesting to see Dawson thrown straight in from the start against Liverpool.
Because Collins and Kilman had both picked up a bit in recent games.
But Dawson will now take some shifting from the backline, as he was hugely impressive against Liverpool.
Julen Lopetegui had been wanting that dominating centre-half who is experienced and vocal and Dawson brings those things.
As Crooks says, this could prove to be an absolutely inspired signing by the club.