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Walsall Re-Sign George Dobson

Saturday 6th January 2018

Seeing a player return to a former club is always an interesting point. Especially when a player like George Dobson is sent out on loan to League One side, Walsall FC from West Ham to then be recalled and sold to Sparta Rotterdam in Holland. After only five appearances in the Eredivisie, the 20-year-old has signed permanently with the Sadlers.

Starting his professional career at West Ham, George Dobson didn't make any first-team appearances but was loaned out to Walsall during last season. The young midfielder played 21 league games scoring on one occasion. As well as playing in central-midfield, Dobson can also be versatile, enabling him to play in central defence if needed.

Sadler's boss Jon Whitney has been aware that his side are in deep need of strengthening as they find themselves in 18th place after 25 games played. With no win in the last five games, Walsall are aiming to turn things around. The arrival of Dobson is a positive note but fans will be hoping a few more new faces will be joining throughout the month of the current transfer window. Just three points off the drop there is much reason for the new signing to make an impact in upcoming fixtures.

Although some fans may not accept the signing as season-defining it could be crucial to what looks to be a struggling second half of a season ahead. Frustrations are starting to show, especially at home games where fans are expecting to at least produce some results although a 0-0 draw against Bristol Rovers on boxing day earned them a point. Two away defeats in a row hasn't helped matters but the inclusion of George Dobson may alter the mood within the squad.

The next fixture will take place at the Bescot Stadium on the 13th. Oxford will be the travelling opponents as they will look to improve their position in the league also. The U's are currently 10th and beat MK Dons 3-1 in their previous game. The past five meetings between these two sides have ended in two draws, two Walsall wins and an Oxford win which was way back in 2001. As head-to-heads go it looks like Walsall have the historical figures but Oxford are looking more dominant in League One. That being said, Walsall are known to be better at home.

Being an established League One side the Sadlers cannot risk falling into the relegation zone. Although only three points off the drop they do have a game in-hand. Using this game as a leverage could be a key turning point this season but also picking up a win could lead on to some good form. This is what Jon Whitney is hoping for but getting those results is easier said than done. There is still a long time in the January transfer window to whip up some important deals. Using the loan system could be a great use if implemented correctly. The arrival of George Dobson will be a slight morale booster as many of the current squad will already know him as the youngster has only been away for six months.

The recapture of him could be the start of a turn around in their season which may influence future results. Walsall need to probably bring in a few more players before their game against Oxford if they want a chance at surviving this season. A few different faces may alter their momentum which they desperately need.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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