There were probably a few Tottenham Hotspur supporters casting an eye over the defensive ranks at White Hart Lane following the sale of Michael Dawson to Hull City and questioning the logic of manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Here was a man who had been entrusted with the captain’s armband in North London, with four senior England caps to his name, being allowed to link up with a Premier League rival for just £3.5 million.
Did that deal make good business sense?
Well, it appears as though it did.
Doubts will have been raised as to the ability of Younes Kaboul to step up to the plate, but the Frenchman – who has left Spurs and Portsmouth fans watching through their fingers at times in the recent past – has revelled in the responsibility of being a senior figure at the heart of the back-four.
The 28-year-old has come of age, inheriting captaincy duties and showing himself to be more than a match for the best Premier League forwards have to throw at him.
New boys such as Eric Dier and Federico Fazio have also settled quickly, alongside highly-rated Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, meaning Dawson’s absence has not been as keenly felt as many imagined it would be.
|Team||Won Tackle||Total Clearance||Outfielder Block||Duel Won||Interception||Clean Sheet||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Michael Dawson||Hull City||7||68||16||37||14||1||6||534|
Dawson will get the opportunity to offer his former employers a reminder of what they are missing at the KC Stadium on Sunday, with Hull welcoming Tottenham to East Yorkshire.
Whether they leave cursing their luck remains to be seen, though, with Spurs looking for a fourth clean sheet of their Premier League campaign.
There is no doubting that Dawson appeared to be made for the capital outfit, with his ball-playing abilities and desire to lead by example marking him out as a useful asset to any club looking to play an eye-catching brand of football.
Kaboul, though, is proving to be a more than capable successor - topping his rival in all areas apart from blocks - and, given Dawson’s injury record in recent years, Spurs may feel as though money in the bank last summer has served them better in the long run.