As the clock ticked down on the summer transfer window, it seemed as if Michael Dawson would be an unlikely departure from White Hart Lane. Named club skipper in place of the recently retired Ledley King, Daws was set for a busy season until other Premiership sides started to hover.
Proposed transfers to QPR and Sunderland came to nothing but as the season began, Dawson found himself consigned to the fringes of the squad as Andre Villas-Boas played William Gallas in preference.
After a long battle, Dawson seems reinstated as part of the first choice centre back pairing and the coach is relieved that he didn’t let the player go.
“Yes. I think we appreciate the fact we were able to hang on to him,” AVB said.
“We ended up being on the better side by the fact he agreed to stay with us. We were lucky in that sense.”
However, Villas-Boas went on to say that the club wouldn’t begin next season with such a surplus of centre halves.
“We won’t start another season with five centre-backs,” Villas-Boas added.
“It’s a difficult one. We have five top central defenders at the moment – a mixture of young players coming through with lots of experience, and then you have such tremendous central defenders as William, Dawson and Younes Kaboul.
“William has been a massive player for us this season. He’s a player we trust a lot. Whatever we decide regarding his future, we’ll have to wait and see, but we are aware of what a presence he’s been for us this season.”
The obvious ‘odd man out’ would have been Gallas but do AVB’s comments suggest he has other plans?