Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has explained how important Michael Dawson was to the youngsters in the team.
The England international was on the books of Spurs from 2005 until this summer, and was made the team captain following the retirement of Ledley King.
Dawson’s work ethic and commitment to Tottenham made him a favourite among the fans, many of whom were surprised to see Mauricio Pochettino let him leave in the summer transfer window.
The Argentine manager deemed the 31-year-old surplus to requirements and allowed him to join Hull City for a reported fee of just £3.5 million.
On Sunday, Dawson will play his first competitive game against Spurs since the summer departure when he lines up for Hull City for the Premier League clash at the KC Stadium, having recovered from the injury that he suffered a few weeks ago.
Kane, who has been on the books of Tottenham since 2009, has now explained just how important Dawson was for him and the other youngsters.
“We all got on really well with Michael and it will be strange to see him in a different shirt!” the 21-year-old told Tottenham’s official website.
“He was club captain after Ledley and always looked after the younger lads coming through. We all had a good relationship with him.”
However, Kane insists that friendship will be put on hold during the 90 minutes of the match and is determined to help Tottenham win at Hull.
“It will be good to catch up but we’ve a job to do first and that’s what we’re all focused on,” said the England Under-21 international.
“There are a lot of games coming up in every competition and hopefully we’ll be able to get some positive results and push on again. We know it will be tough at Hull but we're all determined to come away with three points.”
Tottenham need to win at Hull on Sunday if they want to remain in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
The North London club have struggled for consistency and have failed to win matches they should have.
There is a distinct possibility that Spurs could slip up against Hull; if they happens, then pressure will increase on Pochettino.