Craig Dawson is set to remain playing as a right back, despite his preference to play in the heart of West Bromwich Albion's defence, reports the ​Albion Express and Star.​


Dawson impressed at centre back earlier in the season when Jonny Evans was injured and hopes to be the long term successor to 37-year-old Gareth McAuley. 


But, unfortunately for Dawson, manager Tony Pulis' tactical of choice makes him too valuable at right back to be moved.

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West Brom keeper Ben Foster said that: "We purposely set up where I will kick my goal-kicks on to him. And I know for a fact whoever is playing left-back or left wing has got to try and compete with him. He’s all elbows, and heads and anything.


"I feel sorry for the guys that have got to jump with him because he doesn’t care. It’s almost like he doesn’t know that there’s going to be any pain or danger, he just runs full pelt and smashes them. It’s horrible. He is an absolute sicko.

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"I would hate to play left wing against Craig Dawson, he is a horrible player. Even defensively he is like a rock, he will literally try and bite the ball if he can, he’s a sicko. And he’s been fantastic all season long."


Dawson has won 199 headers this season, leaps and bounds beyond any other West Brom player. Only two other players have won more than 50 headers for Pulis' side this season, McAuley (95) and Salomon Rondon (88).

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The former Rochdale defender has been an ever present under Pulis. He didn't miss a single league game last season and has only sat out once this season after being suspended for picking up five yellow cards.


Although Dawson desire to play in the heart of the defence, Pulis sees him as a full-back, where he can use his aerial dominance in attack and defence: 


“Dawson has impressed me all season, I pick him every week. When he plays right-back as well he does fantastically well for the team. He also gives us that extra height that we need at times.

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"Obviously we are good at set-plays because we spend a lot of time working on them but we have to defend those situations and Craig helps us in that respect. He gives us another very good player attacking-wise and defensively alongside the two centre-halves."

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