Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson expierenced something new at the weekend as he came up against one of his former sides for the very first time.
Unfortunately for the centre-back he was not on the right end of the result, as Spurs beat Hull City 2-1 at the KC Stadium. But the experienced defender gave a solid individual display, outshining one of the players who now does what Dawson was once tasked to do at White Hart Lane.
The debate rages on as to whether or not Tottenham should have parted company with Dawson when the likes of Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio and Younes Kaboul are struggling in the heart of Mauricio Pochettino's defence, but on Sunday, Dawson also outshone Jan Vertonghen in seven key areas.
Much of that was down to the fact that Hull defended more than they attacked, as the few times they actually had the ball testified. But Dawson did what he had to do and there is no doubt he could still do a job for the North London club.
Dawson made more outfield blocks, won more tackles, made twice as many effective headed clearances and more than twice as many ground clearances than Vertonghen. The Hull star also won more aerial battles, more ground duels and made five-times as many interceptions.
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In short Dawson did what he is paid to do and when you consider that he is still only 31 and that he has already played 623 minutes of football for Steve Bruce's side this season, surely there would have been reasons to keep him at Spurs.
Alas, there was also clearly reason enough to sell him and Hull are now benefiting from what Tottenham waved goodbye to. And while they took the three points on this occasion, there will be plenty of other matches where a player of Dawson's ability would play a vital role for this Tottenham side.