Michael Dawson says he is focussed on Spurs despite plenty of speculation about his future.
Various reports claim the club captain, 30, will be one of the first to be shown the door by new head-coach Mauricio Pochettino, with Hull City, Crystal Palace and, unsurprisingly, ‘Arry Redknapp’s QPR all keen on the centre half.
When asked about his future on talkSPORT, Dawson didn’t exactly deny the rumours but insisted he is loving life at the Lane and keen for a fresh assault on the Champions League places under Pochettino.
“I’ve been at Tottenham for nine-and-a-half years,” Dawson said.
“It’s a great football club and I’ve loved every minute of it while I’ve been here.
“The expectations are high and the players want to achieve them. We want to be in the top four and hopefully next year we’ll have another push.”
You’d struggle to find a Spurs fan who’ll say a bad word about ‘Daws’ and most would be more than happy to have the Yorkshire over for tea and introduce him to their daughter.
The defender, who is Spurs’ longest-serving player, remains effective against the Premier League’s more direct teams, like West Ham, but he is no longer good enough for Spurs and has struggled since Andre Villas-Boas introduced a high defensive line, which was retained by Tim Sherwood; Pochettino favours a similar system.
Villas-Boas tried to sell Dawson to QPR during his first summer at the club but the former Nottingham Forest man decided to stay at Spurs to fight for his place and, following a serious injury to Younes Kaboul, the Portuguese came to rely on Dawson more than he would have liked.
But with Kaboul now fully fit and Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches also at the Lane, Dawson is fourth choice centre half, while Pochettino has been linked with moves to re-sign Steven Caulker and bring his former Saints’ charge Dejan Lovren to the Lane.
While we’ll all desperately miss Dawson’s ‘We’ll bounce back!’ interviews on the official site following every defeat and his passion on the pitch, the time seems right for the defender to move on and a reunion with Tom Huddlestone at Hull, where his brother played for a decade, or ‘Arry at Loftus Road would make perfect sense.
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