There Is a God And They Call Him Michael Dawson
I’m not easily impressed. I’ll easily slate off a performance of a team, quite possibly if it is of my own Tottenham Hotspur. The fairly easy surrender of a two goal lead was not ideal at all against Everton, but these things happen. Sweep it under a rug and just get back to the job by beating Wolves at home the following week.
But there has been one person standing out head and shoulders above the rest of them. Impressively, it is not Niko Kranjcar who I have been praising like he is the one to help get this club into the top. He has been brilliant, but not as impressive as Michael Dawson.
Spurs signed Dawson from Nottingham Forest as part of a £8 million deal along with Andy Reid. Reid was expected to be the better player.
Turns out the money was well spent on Michael Dawson. He was one of the scorers on the now famous evening of November 5th 2006. The day we finally beat Chelsea, of course partnering the goal in which Aaron Lennon placed it past the helpless Petr Cech. Great times.
These days he has been alongside Sebastian Bassong in the heart of the Tottenham defence. He probably wouldn’t be even in the side if Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate weren’t both injured. Again. But this time he is being allowed to captain the side, Robbie Keane isn’t starting (not sure what is going on there), it is an ideal opportunity for Dawson to prove his worth and make sure he is in that starting 11 week in, week out.
And I will tell you, he sure is proving his worth.
We’ll start at the obvious, the man has scored two goals in two Premier League games. A rather fantastic half volley from the edge of the box against Aston Villa, which was accompanied by a lovely diving header against Everton. Two goals, from corners, where he worked his way to be allowed to get a shot off against.
But it is not just that, he is getting himself stuck in. Some immense tackles he has produced. Fair enough, sometimes he has gone in a bit too hard on players. For example, a rather rash tackle on the Everton player which earned him a yellow card was perhaps not necessary.
But compared to the incompetence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the game, it seemed committed. And committed is what I have come to expect from Dawson. He is one of the few players who seems to be proud of wearing the white (and yellow) of Tottenham. He wants to play for the club, and for that I love him. Only a select few I think do deserve that credit along with Dawson.
Dawson isn’t nearly as credited with enough praise as the likes of Modric, Defoe or Lennon. Maybe it is because of our seemingly incapability of keeping a clean sheet (last one was the 5-0 win against Burnley). He may get a bit over committed in things. But I like that, we don’t have nearly enough of those players in the team with the obvious exception of Wilson Palacios. I love Michael Dawson as a player, he needs to stay in that Spurs defence.
I may even push it and suggest, Dawson for England?