BBC pundit Garth Crook believes Craig Dawson is Wolves’ Player of the Season, even though he only joined in January.
Crooks has named his latest Premier League Team of the Week, and he has selected the 33-year-old in his backline.
Dawson put in a typically solid performance at the back for Wolves in their 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Dawson won everything on the ground and in the air, with his centre-back partner Max Kilman also very impressive.
It was yet another clean sheet for Wolves, who have now managed four successive clean sheets at Molineux in the Premier League for the first time since June 2020.
With 10 clean sheets at home this season, no side in the Premier League has more.
Dawson has been a huge part of Wanderers becoming more solid in recent weeks.
He has brought solidity and authority to the backline, and improved those around him. His latest showing against Villa was amazing, and BBC pundit Crooks reckons Dawson is actually Wolves’ Player of the Season.
He said (BBC Sport): “Dawson, who has been their player of the season for me, was outstanding and provided the stimulus for an impressive victory.”
This is a big claim from Crooks as obviously, Dawson only arrived at Wolves at the end of January.
He was signed for just £3.3 million from West Ham United.
But his impact across the 15 appearances he has made has been colossal.
Craig Dawson is Wolves’ signing of the season
Some fans will absolutely agree with Crooks. But others will say as a mid-season signing Dawson probably can’t be considered.
Many people will say Ruben Neves is Wolves’ Player of the Season. The midfielder has been brilliant for most of the campaign and was the clear standout when Wolves were really struggling in the early parts of the season. Arguably, his performances helped keep Wolves from getting cut adrift.
But there is no denying how good Dawson has been for Wolves.
Part of the reason Wolves have secured safety with games to spare is because they became much more solid when they needed to.
Dawson has been a rock, and is the best signing the club made this season, just ahead of Mario Lemina.
Had Wolves not got him and added him to the backline, it’s likely Wolves would still be in a bit of trouble right now.