Rumours of Dawson sale shows Spurs are changing things up

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Tottenham's long serving defender could be the next player to depart the club.

Having sold academy graduate Jake Livermore to Hull City for £8 million, the club are now reportedly ready to entertain the sale of club captain Michael Dawson to Steve Bruce's side.

Plenty of Spurs fans have appreciated the service and heart the former Nottingham Forest player has demonstrated in his time at the club, indeed, the centre back is about to head into his testimonial year, having joined the White Hart Lane outfit in January 2005.

With 322 appearances in that time he is the club's longest serving player (Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are the only other players that have been around since the previous decade), and though it's easy to feel nostalgic about such a warrior, it has been clear on numerous occasions over at least the last season that Dawson has struggled to play in the high defensive line that Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and soon Mauricio Pochettino favour.

There is no doubting his commitment to the cause, but it will possibly only taint the memory of his battling Tottenham performances further if his lack of pace continues to be shown up.

Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul are both younger and quicker than Dawson, while reported target Marcus Rojo is also a more athletic defender. It is this kind of player that Pochettino would like to add to his back line.

At various stages Dawson has looked like being on the way out of Spurs, only to come back into the group and earn his keep, and if anyone could add something different to his defensive game it would be Pochettino - but the recent rumours seem to indicate that his position on the playing staff is once again at risk.

More than anything else, it shows that the former Southampton boss is prepared to undergo a thorough reevaluation and adjusting of the club in order to have the right individuals to play his system, rather than trying to fit somewhat square pegs into round holes.

Likely to be back up to Jan Vertonghen and a defensive partner if he were to stay, Dawson is young enough and good enough to move to another Premier League club that plays a deeper line and continue with his successful career.

And few associated to Tottenham would have anything but the best wishes for him should that happen.

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