While Harry Redknapp has changed much of the side during the opening five fixtures of this season, he has generally relied on Michael Dawson throughout and you can almost detect that the Spurs’ stand in skipper is the first name on the team sheet for every vital match.
However, whenever Daws’ name is mentioned it always seems to split opinion with support and criticism in equal measures. Last season, Michael may have expected some serious competition for his place but after sustaining a serious injury on international duty at the beginning of the campaign, he returned to a depleted side where injuries to King, Woodgate, Gallas and Kaboul meant that there was no real challenge to his slot at the heart of defence.
For some reason that defies explanation, Daws isn’t currently being considered for the full England squad, which means he is free to concentrate on Spurs. But should he always be the first name on Harry’s team sheet and does he need some real competition from a fit Ledley King or a newly arrived Gary Cahill?
In short, will Michael Dawson be a hit or miss in 2011-12?