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After the suspension of Gabriel Tamas for the game with Swansea City, the Baggies have expressed their faith in the young defender to make the step up to Premier League football

West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson has received the full backing of the club’s coaching staff to cope with the pace of Premier League football on Saturday.

The 21-year-old looks set to deputise for the suspended Gabriel Tamas for the game with Swansea City, and members of the club’s hierarchy are backing him to impress.

First-team coach Michael Appleton told the club’s official website: "Since coming in and building in pre-season I think Craig has come on leaps and bounds.

"I think those games are a little bit different to league football. Obviously going into the Premier League is another step up again.

"International football is a little bit slower tempo and gets really quick around 30 yards from goal. But he did get tested in the two games at various times and although they were two decent wins in the end for England it is still great experience for him.

"He's been training well with the team and has been improving all the time. He's a young lad who is a good athlete and is always wanting to learn and listen.

"If he does get an opportunity on Saturday I don't think he'll let anyone down.

"There have been lots of Championship clubs interested in taking him on loan.

"It was only last season that Swansea were playing in the Championship.

“They've stepped up into the Premier League and they've asked questions of their players in terms of whether they can cope with the Premier League.

"They've done well so far so if Craig does get the nod I don't think he'll have any problems with it and I'm sure he'll deal with it in the right way."

Dawson joined West Brom from Rochdale in 2010 before going back on loan to The Dale during the 2010/11 season, and made his debut for the Baggies against Bournemouth in the Carling Cup earlier this season.

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