Much-loved West Ham United defender Craig Dawson could be a strong nominee to win this season’s Hammer of the Year award following his excellent performances on the pitch. 

Craig Dawson, who arrived for £2million following an initial loan spell last season, has become one of West Ham’s most in-form players this season.

Following serious injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma throughout the campaign, the 31-year-old has stepped up excellently when called upon.

His performances in both domestic competition and in the Europa League have not gone unnoticed by West Ham supporters, and now there have been many calls for the defender to be named Hammer of the Year at the end of the season.

Despite there potentially being tough competition for the annual award, given the team’s ongoing success over the course of 21/22, Dawson is definitely a worthy nominee.

Players like Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio have also excelled, but the centre back has to be considered when voting for the winner.

In 44 appearances for the Hammers, Craig Dawson is averaging 3.6 clearances, 1.3 blocks, 1 interception and 0.8 tackles per game, despite many suggesting that he could not perform consistently at this level.

West Ham's Craig Dawson scores v. Lyon
West Ham’s Craig Dawson scores v. Lyon

With three of our four main central defenders currently out with an injury, the Englishman now remains as our last, fit senior centre back.

His maturity and experience will be invaluable to the club going forward over the next couple of weeks, as West Ham prepare for a tough few fixtures in both domestic and European competition.

If he carries on with this form until the end of the campaign, Craig Dawson has to be one of the front runners for Hammer of the Year this season – and what a turnaround it would be for the defender.