Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End are among a number of clubs monitoring the situation around Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson, a report from The Sheffield Star has claimed.
Both Lancashire sides could be in need of a new goalkeeper soon, with Blackburn’s number one Christian Walton only on loan from Brighton, while North End stopper Rudd is thought to be attracting interest from Rangers, with his contract at Deepdale set to expire at the end of the season.
Dawson too is set to see his contract with his current club expire at the end of the campaign, meaning the 24-year-old could be available for one of those interested teams – who are also said to include Derby County and Rangers – when the transfer window reopens in January.
So would Dawson be a good signing for either Blackburn or Preston?
Here, we put the spotlight on the goalkeeper’s Championship performances so far in his career in order to find out the answer to that question.
Despite the fact that Dawson is now 24-year-old, the continued presence of Keiren Westwood between the posts for Sheffield Wednesday, means that Dawson himself has found opportunities rather hard to come by in recent years, making just 37 Championship appearances for the Owls after graduating through their academy.
Even so, it does seem as though Dawson is already familiar with the challenges of English football’s second tier, as highlighted by his stats from his time in the division.
With an average of well over one goal conceded per game, there may be some concern about Dawson’s reliability between the posts for both Blackburn and Preston, with Rovers in particular already suffering from that in recent years.
However, the fact that that average of 1.31 goals conceded per game is actually lower than his average expected conceded goals per game of 1.5 – implying that he can get his side out of some tricky situations at the back – does seem to suggest that Dawson is actually capable of being a rather useful goalkeeper at this level, provided he has a strong defence in front of him.
Would Cameron Dawson be a good signing for Blackburn Rovers?
Indeed, with Dawson facing an average of over four shots per game during his time in the Championship, he should already be well aware of the threats posed by a wide variety of attackers at this level, and given he has been forced to use his reflexes with over half of the saves he has made, you imagine those threats are something he is capable of dealing with.
Another important attribute of a goalkeeper’s game is their distribution, and with a long pass success rate of 64.4%, it certainly seems as though Dawson has already found his range to supply his side’s target men further forward.
That is something which could make him a useful attacking outlet for a side such as Blackburn or Preston, considering the capability the likes of Danny Graham, Sam Gallagher, and Jayden Stockley have to compete under the high ball for those two clubs respectively.
At 24-years-old, Dawson will surely be wanting to earn a number one spot for himself at a club sooner rather than later, which may be hard for him to do at Hillsborough with Westwood continuing to impress.
It seems however, as though a side such as Blackburn or Preston, should be well tempted to give him that opportunity.