Michael Dawson finally got justice this week when he was called in by Fabio Capello to replace the injured Rio Ferdinand. It was an absolute travesty he wasn’t in the original 23, given the outstanding season he has had with Tottenham and now Dawson finds himself where he belongs; I believe it could prove the actual making of the centre half and allow the rest of the Premier League see what a top class defender he really is.
It is not often I find myself agreeing with Phil Thompson but his assertion that Dawson was in the top three English centre half’s in England at present is a fair one. Although King rightly gets the plaudits for his performances, Dawson was equally as assured and made a massive contribution in our push for a top four finish. If you compare his season with someone like Upson, it would have been absolutely criminal if he wasn’t in South Africa.
So why has it taken so long for Dawson to get the recognition? Yes he is prone to the odd rush of blood (which defender isn’t?), but there appears to be this perception within the media that he is little more than an old fashioned centre half who simply whacks the ball into Row Z.
Little credit is actually given to Dawson for his abilities with the ball at his feet and his range of short and long passing; an attribute that Daws is far better than say the likes of John Terry and Jamie Carragher. Maybe the media have failed to realise the stark improvement in Tottenham’s defensive record in the past few seasons and therefore fail to give credit where it is due. Dawson’s form over the past 18months has played a massive part in that, and certainly with the injury problems that have hit King and Woodgate, Dawson has become Redknapp’s defensive rock.
Fabio Capello has come out yesterday and stated that Dawson has a big part to play in England’s campaign and you do sense given our rotten luck with injuries that could well prove the case. Dawson deserves his big chance and being given the recognition could provide him with the self belief that will take this talented young defender to a different level.
Written By Matt Wright