A talented midfielder who has spent time in the Arsenal and West Ham Academies, George Dobson has signed a two year deal with the oldest club in the Netherlands, Sparta Rotterdam.

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Dobson joined the Arsenal Academy at the age of eight and was originally developed as a centre-back. However, he decided to move to boyhood club West Ham United in 2015 with the Hammers developing Dobson into his preferred position in midfield.

Last summer, Dobson was loaned to Walsall in League one, and the midfielder made 26 appearances for the club, scoring once. West Ham decided that Dobson had no future at the club, leading to Sparta Rotterdam signing the Englishman for an undisclosed fee earlier this summer.

Sparta Rotterdam manager Alex Pastoor was delighted with the signing stating to local media that due to Dobson’s versatility he will be able to help Sparta Rotterdam in a variety of ways.

Style of play

Dobson is a versatile player having been trained as both a centre back and in midfield, but his strongest position is as a DM. He is tenacious in the tackle, but also has good technical ability on the ball and a keen eye for a pass. He will look to drop deep, pick up possession and dictate the play.

What to expect from George Dobson this season

Dobson could have returned to Walsall this summer but took the decision to move to the Eredivisie. I think it will take time for the 19-year-old to find his feet in the Netherlands and hopefully he will be guided well by Sparta Rotterdam manager Alex Pastoor, who is overseeing a squad filled with young talents.

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