Michael Dawson has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2015.
It’s a just reward for a player that has always been committed to the cause, even when things haven’t always gone his way. When King and Woodgate have both been fit, Dawson has often spent large amounts of time on the sidelines. Yet never have we heard him whinging to the press, or demanding assurances from the manager.
Instead he’s just got his head down and waited for his chance. With both King and Woodgate out for so much this season, Dawson’s had ample opportunity to cement a first team place and he’s done just that.
It’s strange to think that when we bought him in a combined deal with Andy Reid, that Dawson was seen as nothing more than a couple of bonus tracks on the shiny new CD we’d just purchased. It didn’t take us long though to work out where the true value was in that deal.
Having made a bright start, Dawson’s had some sticky times at Spurs, most noticeably in 2007/08 when he had to spend much of the season playing alongside the fledgling Younes Kaboul. He now seems to be back to his best form, looks more confident and is growing into a leader.
We all know the situation with King and Woodgate seems to be no nearer to a return. With that in mind then we need at least one player in the centre of defence who remains a constant. That man is now Dawson. Make him captain next season Harry and assure him of his place in the team.