First Jan Vertonghen is signed, then Steven Caulker is given a first team role and now it appears that AVB wants to bring a former club teammate and current international teammate of Vertonghen’s in Toby Alderweireld. Poor Michael Dawson, for a while he was seen as England’s future captain but after a lengthy injury lay off he seems surplus to requirements.
This is all according to a rumour on Talksport which also states that AC Milan are interested in the young centre back, of course AC aren’t the team they used to be.
This transfer would certainly be making a statement to Dawson as Spurs don’t really need another defender. Caulker is coming along well, Gallas is getting old but still has an intelligent footballing brain and although Vertonghen has been playing at left back, extremely well it must be said, once Kyle Naughton or Benoit Assou-Ekotto come back from injury he can play more central once more. Add Dawson to that and most managers would be happy but not AVB, according to Talksport.
The man he has his eye on, Alderweireld, is almost a carbon copy of Vertonghen; Both rose through the ranks of Ajax to become recognised domestically as an excellent defender, both are from Belgium and both are good technically as well as being tall enough not to be bossed in the air.
Talksport suggests the defender would cost around £ 7 million and considering the players age and excellent stats placing him as the best tackler in the Ajax squad and the defender with the highest passing completion percentage with 85.5% this would be a steal.
With a man like Daniel Levy in charge I imagine they will want at least around £8 million for Dawson and with happy spenders QPR still interested they may well get it.
Adding Alderweireld to the squad isn’t the priority for Spurs right now though as their lack of attacking spark was exposed without Bale against Chelsea and in the second half against Southampton last weekend. Spurs showed tremendous defensive spirit to hold onto the lead when the Saints through the proverbial kitchen sink at them but the opportunity to bring on a speedy young winger like Zaha or an outstanding target man like Damiao would have made their counter attacking prowess much more dangerous.
In regards to Dawson I have nothing but empathy. He has done little wrong except show a little rustiness in the Europa League against Panathinaikos and now looks to be on his way out of the exit door at Spurs. However, a new start maybe best for both parties and I feel that given enough games at a new club he could rediscover the form that allowed him to break into the England team a few years ago.
Sometimes you have take away a big part of your life in order to fill it with something new and that new part of your life can often re-energize in ways you didn’t think was possible.