Michael Dawson started the week being touted as the new Spurs captain, yet according to the back page of my Evening Standard, he’s now on his way to Sunderland who have tabled an £8m bid.
Even if they have put in an offer, it’s a non-story, because the transfer will never happen. Dawson has been in brilliant form in recent weeks, Bassong goes off to the African Nations Cup soon, while King and Woodgate are injured. So why would we risk selling the man who could well be our only available centre back come January?
Ah well, according to the Standard’s brand of warped logic, Redknapp wants to bring in another defender in the transfer window and has targeted Matthew Upson. Unfortunately, the Scrooge-like Daniel Levy has ordered that Harry must sell before he can buy and apparently no one wants to pay our asking price for either Pavlyuchenko or Bentley (the only plausible part of the Standard’s story).
So their logic is that we might let Dawson go and then use the funds to buy Upson. In which case we’ll have loads of defenders available in the new year and will suffer no selection problems… oh hang on, we’ve just sold Dawson haven’t we? So we’re still only left with one fit centre back and this one has to adapt to playing in new surroundings, while starting alongside either Corluka or Huddlestone.
Even under the best of circumstances, where everyone was fit and available, why would we want to swap Dawson for Upson? They’d cost roughly the same, only Upson is older, more injury-prone and not actually any better than Dawson.
The paper does speculate that Dawson is worried that he will lose his spot once Woodgate and King are fit, which is understandable. Making him captain would alleviate that problem, as it would more or less guarantee him a starting role and kill off silly transfer speculation like this.
He’s 26 years old now and is no longer the young apprentice. Is it time to put our faith in Michael Dawson?