Walsall have made their sixth summer signing by bringing in teenage midfielder George Dobson on a season-long loan deal from West Ham United.
The 18-year-old central midfielder began his career at Arsenal, captaining their Under-18 side, before joining the Hammers in July 2015.
“George is someone we noticed a few months ago,” said manager Jon Whitney.
“We did our homework on him and spoke to West Ham. He’s held in high regard, a player who plays beyond his years.”
Five of Whitney’s six signings have been midfielders since he was officially appointed manager on 1 June.
Walsall, who reported back for pre-season training on Wednesday, secured their first loan deal from a Premier League when Southampton defender Jason McCarthy signed for the first half of next season.
“West Ham brought George 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,” added Whitney.
“I know he’ll go on to be a top player of highest level and we’re lucky that West Ham have entrusted us with his development for the next 12 months. Age isn’t a factor. If he comes in and is good enough then he will play.”
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