RR: So, George Dobson. There won’t be many Sunderland supporters who know a lot about him. How did he do when he played against us last season?
JC: I can’t comment on the games that were played up at your place, but Dobson was decent in both home games against Sunderland. In the game where Max Power got sent off we as a team dropped deeper and deeper at 2-0 up, meaning he had less of an impact on the game as it wore on.
RR: What sort of midfielder is he?
JC: Dobson is a box-to-box midfielder whose biggest strengths are his relentless running, his ability in the tackle and his range of passing on the ball. The one thing he needs to improve on are his goals - he didn’t score many last season, but that’s mainly down to being in a poor side and having to play deeper due to our captain, Adam Chambers, getting injured on the opening day of the season.
RR: At the age of 21 he’s your captain. What does that say about him as a character?
JC: He was only captain due to the aforementioned injuries to Chambers and Joe Edwards. To be honest, at his age he probably shouldn’t have been captain, and instead should have been allowed to concentrate on his football.
RR: Will Walsall fans be sad to see him leave?
JC: Yes they will, but he’s got two years left on his contract so if we can get a decent fee that will then be invested back into the squad for our League Two promotion push then it’s what we need to do. He’s far too good for League Two, so the fans are probably wondering if his heart would be in it should he stay around and play for Walsall next season.
RR: What would you say his best characteristic is as a player?
JC: His energy - he just doesn’t stop running throughout the ninety minutes.
RR: What area of his game does he need to work on most?
JC: Like I said before, George needs to add more goals to his game but in a better side and in a more advanced role than he played for us, I’m sure he’ll start adding them.
RR: Do you think he’ll be a good signing for Sunderland?
JC: I’m sure that he will be. Like most fans I’m sure that the first thing you demand from any player is that they work hard for your team, and George Dobson will certainly do that for you.