As many of us sat at home watching a comfortable and much needed win for our national side as they overcame a Bulgarian team fairly comfortably with a 4-0 victory, many Tottenham fans endured a rollercoaster of an evening which could have a major impact on their season.
The high point of the evening came in striker Jermaine Defoe’s first hat trick while wearing the three lions shirt in front of a packed Wembley crowd. After news earlier in the week that the former West Ham striker wouldn’t require surgery on a long standing injury, Defoe set his stall out to prove his commitment to the cause both for club and country and 3 goals last night will help to not only silence the doubters which have criticised his performances for England, but also fill many fans at White Hart Lane with optimism that the player can contribute significantly in the goals department throughout both their league and European endeavours.
While this cause for celebration in front of goal is one that will very much put a smile on the face of those in North London, the sight of defender Michael Dawson being stretchered from the field, obviously in excruciating pain, is one which will bring fans of the White Hart Lane club back down to earth with a bump.
Dawson will undergo a scan later today, after falling awkwardly on his right leg during the second half and, with the play definitely ruled out for England’s second qualifying game against Switzerland on Tuesday, Tottenham fans will be waiting anxiously to hear what impact this potential loss could have on the clubs season.
While manager Harry Redknapp has brought some defensive cover to the Spurs back row, bringing in former Gunner William Gallas on a one year deal this summer, with Jonathan Woodgate’s career seemingly all but over after failing to overcome a series of injuries and Ledley King facing a constant upward battle to maintain fitness on a regular basis, the potential long term injury to Dawson could leave Redknapp with a headache as to a lack of defensive options.
This dilemma could possibly force the former West Ham and Pompy boss to secure a last minute loan signing as cover, (although nobody mention wheeling and dealing), in what will hopefully be a long and plentiful campaign for the North London club both in their attempt to once again reach the top four of the Premier League and as they take part in the Champions League for the first time in the clubs history.
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