Michael Dawson, the most normal sounding club legend.
Players like Michael Dawson often go under the for the simple fact that they are players…like Michael Dawson. Not because they’re bad, not by any means, but just because they have distinctly English sounding names. Indeed, as footballing connoisseur, Sam Allardyce once famously exclaimed, ‘I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called Allardici, just Allardyce.’
According to reports from the BBC at the time, the big Englishman joined Spurs from Nottingham Forest alongside Andy Reid back in 2005 for joint bid worth an estimated £8million.
“Michael is a great prospect, has captained England under-21s and outside his obvious playing talents, has a leadership quality in his personality,”
“These are young players who will not only add to our squad now but will take us forward in the next couple of years.”
While it became very apparent Reid was way off the necessary pace, Dawson quickly grew into his surroundings as a top quality defender, and by late 2005 he had already formed a goliath partnership with club legend Ledley King.
In fact, we’d argue that it was one of the last great English partnerships at Spurs, even the Premier League – well done, guys (minus King’s horrendous injury problems, of course).
For years the Northallerton-born brick wall sat himself in the Spurs defence. He wasn’t the quickest, nor the nimblest; he didn’t try fancy tricks or pump ridiculous ambitious balls up top; and as we’ve already established he most certainly isn’t an exotic sounding player. He was reliable, like your mum’s favourite cast iron skillet. Fans could count on him to get the job done, no ifs nor buts. He’s the friend that always pays you back on time.
Spurs supporters voted Dawson their play of the season for his mammoth efforts. He later became the club captain after his partner Ledley King’s retirement in 2012 and quite rightly earned himself a spot amongst the Spurs cult heroes before his departure in 2016.
Good old Dawson.
Spurs fans, has Dawson been one of your best defenders since the turn of the century? Was the Englishman in his prime better than your current centre backs? Let us know in the comments below…
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