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Dawson a worthy heir to McAuley for managers

The Scout 17 Jun 2017
Craig Dawson, West Brom

Stats from last season justify why West Brom right-back is among The Scout’s early defensive targets

The Scout marks Fantasy Premier League managers' cards as to which defenders they should be considering after the 2017/18 fixtures were published.

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion)

Powerful from set-pieces and a promising opening to the season mean that West Bromwich Albion’s towering defenders will undoubtedly be Fantasy Premier League targets for Gameweek 1.

Dawson is the natural successor to Gareth McAuley as a source of goals from the West Brom defence.

Largely deployed at right-back, Dawson bettered his more popular team-mate in a number of areas last season.

The 27-year-old had more shots (21 to 16), shots in the penalty area (18 to 16) and shots on target (eight to seven).

His four goals were two fewer than McAuley, but the latter failed to register an attempt from Gameweek 27 onwards.

Dawson could become the prime target in a West Bromwich Albion side boasting a promising run over the first nine Gameweeks.

West Brom's start
GW Opponents
1 BOU (H)
2 BUR (A)
3 STK (H)
4 BHA (A)
5 WHU (H)
6 ARS (A)

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