Wolverhampton Wanderers Unveil New Signing Craig Dawson
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Sam Ricketts says Craig Dawson can bring 'Conor Coady effect' for Wolves

Former Wolves captain Sam Ricketts believes Craig Dawson could serve as a good replacement for Conor Coady for Wolves.

Dawson became the club’s fourth summer signing last week, following Matheus Cunha, Mario Lemina and Pablo Sarabia to Molineux. Wolves reportedly paid £3.3 million to West Ham United.

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The centre-back was announced on Sunday morning, and was not registered in time to feature against Manchester City.

Julen Lopetegui was able to bring in a player that Wolves had wanted to sign during the last transfer window.

Wolves had seemed all set to get him on deadline day last summer.

But West Ham pulled the plug as they could not sign a replacement.

But Dawson has now finally made the move, fans are hoping he’ll be able to hit the ground running quickly.

Former Molineux captain Ricketts has been speaking about Wolves’ latest acquisition.

He believes the club have done fantastic business over the 32-year-old.

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He said on Matchday Live Extra on Sunday (via Wolves official): “Daws is a good lad, he’ll commit to training every day. I can imagine, looking in from afar, he’ll bring a bit of the Conor Coady effect to be honest. Coads galvanised the team and I think hopefully Daws can bring that to the team.

“He’ll bring a bit of competitiveness and experience, and confidence to the team, from a defensive aspect anyway, because he’s a defender, he’s not as good as other players will be on the ball, and I know he won’t mind me saying that, but he’s a defender, he will block, he will head, and he can score a few goals as well.”

Wolves have clearly signed a brilliant professional in Craig Dawson, as Sam Ricketts suggests he could be like Conor Coady

Ricketts is well placed to speak about Dawson and the qualities he brings, as the pair played together for a season at Bolton Wanderers.

The Coady comment is interesting. Arguably, Wolves have missed his leadership this season.

You only need to see how a lot of West Ham fans have reacted to Dawson leaving them.

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He was clearly a very popular figure at the London Stadium, and their loss is Wolves’ gain.

Dawson is a really smart signing by the club, and it’s good than Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman both now have solid competition. And not only that, but the duo have now acquired a new mentor.