Michael Dawson has been one of Spurs’ best defenders this season and they cannot replace him when Younes Kaboul returns to full fitness.
Michael Dawson’s future was in doubt last summer but he has brushed aside the fact Spurs were willing to sell him and has set an example that plenty of other players all over the world would do well to follow.
His consistency starting at centre back is what has allowed him to retain his place in the side and it’s reason Spurs shouldn’t drop him when Younes Kaboul eventually returns to full fitness. He's made 17 Premier League appearances and bagged a goal in the process.
He’s also shown great leadership skills since he retained a regular placing in the starting eleven. A lot of players in the current Tottenham team look to him to lead and drive the team forward.
This is a job that Kaboul, try as he may, cannot do as effectively and it’s another reason why Dawson has to stay in the side for next season because it’s an asset that not all of the other Spurs players have.
It’s also fair to suggest that his fitness is a reason to try and keep him in the side because his history with injuries this season has been very good.
He had a hamstring problem at the start of January which kept him out of the side for just over a fortnight but it’s another reason why he’s so reliable. He seems to have completely put to bed the run of problems he had up until last season.
Dawson is also in the team at the moment because he understands the current style of football that Andre Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to play.
He’s a great ball player, has great control and enables Spurs to play the ball out from the back when they want or need to. Kaboul also understands the philosophy of Tottenham but when he returns, it will take him time to adjust to the current style of the team.
There’s a very good argument that he’s earned the right to stay in the team for the rest of this season and beyond.
Very few Spurs fans would blame him if he’d turned his back on the club and the manager over the way he was pointed towards the exit door last summer. The fact he’s stayed, fought and won back his regular starting place guarantees him a competitive slot against Kaboul or any other central defender in the team.
Spurs fans, would you throw Kaboul back into the team as soon as possible?
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