It’s always nice to hear a much-loved former Spurs player wax lyrical about the current set-up. And what’s exactly what happened when Michael Dawson gave his analysis of Tottenham’s performance against Millwall last weekend.
Dawson was speaking to the club’s official website when he was asked about a number of things, including how it felt to be back at White Hart Lane to watch the cup tie.
“First of all, it was great to be back,” Dawson said. “It was the first time I’ve been back without playing commitments. I bumped into so many people I knew and the fans were great. It was nice to see everyone.”
He went on to discuss the squad depth on show against Millwall: “I thought Spurs dominated from minute one and seeing it first-hand, the way the team passes the ball, the way they play, I love the way they are set-up with the two wing-backs. This time it was Davies and Trippier, it has been Walker and Rose.
“The big disappointment was obviously losing Harry Kane but to have Christian Eriksen to come off the bench and score the opener, a great finish, shows the depth of the squad is incredible — and that’s why Spurs are a top team.”
Dawson was then asked about the current formation: “Tactically, it looks like the manager is sticking with three at the back. He played it occasionally earlier in the season but now we see it most weeks. That three at the back with Dier, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, well, Alderweireld was so much in control, it looked like he didn’t break sweat.
“Harry Winks did well again and he’s done brilliantly to break through this season. Full credit to him. I’m sure he’ll say a massive thanks to the manager for giving him that opportunity at such a young age.”
Finally, the Hull City defender spoke about the team’s attacking players and the sense of togetherness in the squad: “The front three Dele Alli, Eriksen and Heung-Min Son were brilliant. I also liked the way that Son was looking for Vincent Janssen when he came on, even though he was on a hat-trick.
“That shows the togetherness of the team and it was there for all to see when Janssen scored, they were all delighted to see him get on the scoresheet. You can feel that togetherness at the club just by speaking to people at the stadium, the feeling that everyone is together. It’s a great club to be with at this moment in time.”