Michael Dawson has barely been a fringe figure on the peripheries of Tottenham’s squad this season but the centre half looks set to make his first start against Carlisle this evening.
Proposed moves to Sunderland and QPR fell through as the August transfer deadline approached but similar rumours have already started to emerge. For now, Daws is set to make that first start but assistant manager Steffen Freund has urged him to use it as an opportunity.
“He realises that he is not playing at the moment but things can change in football,” Freund said. “The most important thing is how he reacts and he likes to play for Tottenham.
“When you are a strong club like Tottenham there is a lot of opportunities. Andre said that from the beginning of the season.”
Dawson has also been challenged by the emergence of Steven Caulker who he may well be playing alongside this evening. It may be an opportunity for Michael but at this point, it seems more likely that a proposed transfer will be resurrected this winter.