Saddlers sign West Ham youngster...Walsall FC are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated central midfielder George Dobson on a season-long loan from West Ham United.
The promising 18-year-old becomes the Saddlers’ sixth signing of the summer as manager Jon Whitney continues to reshape his squad.
Dobson started his career with Arsenal, where he captained their Under-18 side and also featured in the UEFA Youth League.
He signed for his boyhood club West Ham in July 2015 and helped the Hammers win the Under-21 Premier League Cup last season, beating Hull on penalties in the final.
The youngster made 21 appearances for their Under-21 side last term and was also named on the first-team substitutes’ bench for their Premier League games against Tottenham and Everton.
“George is someone we noticed a few months ago," said Whitney. "We did our homework on him and spoke with West Ham. He’s held in really high regard and he’s a player who plays beyond his years.
“They brought him in from Arsenal where he played as a centre half but was moved forward to play as a holding midfielder - which is where we see him playing. I’m sure he’ll come in and really strengthen our team.
“I know he’ll go on to be a top player of the highest level and we’re lucky that West Ham have entrusted us with his development for the next 12 months.
“Age is not a factor. If he comes in and is good enough then he will play. He’s here to fight for a place in the team.”