Long-serving Tottenham star joins Derby on loan.

Derby County

Tottenham wingman and former Orient, Villa and San Jose Earthquake star set for move to Pride Park.

Simon Dawkins has made the switch to Derby County on loan and could feature in their game tomorrow at Vicarage Road. The 25-year-old winger/striker has been at Tottenham since 2008 without making a single appearance, loan moves to Leyton Orient, San Jose Earthquakes and Aston Villa have provided his only first team experience.

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The London-born attacker has had trials with Steve McClaren before the first time at FC Twente and the second was earlier in the summer at QPR, so he obviously likes something about him, but a move to either team didn’t materialise.

He made his biggest impact stateside with San Jose Earthquakes where he scored 14 goals in 53 games from the wing and won two MLS trophies. The first was the ‘Major League Soccer Supporters Shield’ and the other ‘Major League Soccer Western Conference Regular Season Championship’. He was highly regarded as one of the best wide men in America.

The season later he earned a loan move to Premier League side Aston Villa where his impact was a little less fruitful making just four appearances under Paul Lambert’s guidance.

He is a quick, direct and abrasive winger who should be able to thrive in the championship and make an impact and hopefully break into the first 11 fairly quickly. Tottenham have obviously seen something in him previously to keep him on the books into his mid-twenties but the lack of appearances will have both Spurs and Rams fans scratching their head.

A diamond in the rough, or a player coasting through a career – it will all become clear as he will soon have a chance to crack English football at a respectable level.

What are you views on Derby County’s new signing? Last chance saloon and all to prove? Or a failure waiting to happen.

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