The Leeds United midfielder appears to be no closer to a first-team breakthrough despite his undeniable talent.
Leeds United midfielder Chris Dawson is one of those next big things whose breakthrough becomes increasingly unlikely the longer the mythology is not replaced by reality.
After all, here is a player who many Leeds fans believe is one of their greatest prospects, and yet at 21 Dawson has played just four times for the club when younger footballers like Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt are quickly becoming old hands.
Those who have seen Dawson play for Leeds’ youth and under-21 sides know what a talent he is, so why has he not yet made the step up at a club renowned for giving youngsters a chance?
It is a baffling situation and one that seems no closer to a resolution…unless that resolution is the young Welshman leaving Elland Road at the end of his current contract and making a name for himself elsewhere.
Dawson’s current deal expires in the summer of 2016, and with regular first-team football seemingly as far off as ever, could there really only be one genuine option?
It is a worrying thought for those Leeds fans who have seen Dawson develop and believe he has what it takes to cut it with the best in the Championship – and ultimately (hopefully) the Premier League – but what other option is there?
Dawson continues to be an under-21 player at best under manager Uwe Rosler and he is behind so many other midfield options that the departure of Neil Redfearn may have seen his chance of making it at Leeds fade away.