Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he does not regret selling Michael Dawson to Hull City in the summer.
The England international defender joined Spurs from Nottingham Forest in January 2005 and established himself as a key player of the team.
Dawson was also made the captain, but Pochettino deemed him surplus to requirements following his appointment as the club’s manager at the start of the 2014-15 season.
Hull signed the 31-year-old for a reported transfer fee of £3.5 million and have made him an integral part of the team, but Pochettino does not believe that his Spurs team miss the defender.
“It was not only my decision - we had a chat with Michael about the situation and we agreed the best thing for him was to join Hull," Sky Sports quotes the Argentine as saying.
“We were transparent with him all the way and we had a very good relationship - we always talked face-to-face, but I don't (regret letting him go) because it wasn't only down to me.
"It was a shared decision - between me, Michael, the club, and we decided the best thing was for him to join Hull.”
Dawson could feature for Hull against his former club Tottenham at the KC Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday, having recovered from the injury that has disrupted his progress at the Tigers so far.
Given Tottenham’s struggles under Pochettino this campaign, many will claim that Dawson’s services should have been retained.
But the fact is that Tottenham do not miss Dawson as they do have enough players in defence; it’s just that those who have the faith of Pochettino are not performing well enough.
As good as Dawson may be, the fact that he has just four caps for England proves that he is not a world-class defender, perhaps not even someone who can really add much to a top-four chasing side.