Michael Dawson had a difficult first season under Villas-Boas because the club were prepared to sell him despite being the club captain and one of the important defenders.
He came extremely close to leaving the club for QPR at the end of last summer’s transfer window. However, he ended up staying at White Hart Lane and Villas-Boas admitted that he was wrong to think about selling Dawson. The England international has proven to be an inspirational player for the club at the start of this season. After spending in excess of £ 100 million in the summer, Tottenham have made a great start to the league campaign.
They are fifth in the table after having suffered just two defeats in the opening league matches. They also have one of the meanest defences in the league after having conceded just five goals. A major part of this success has to be attributed towards Dawson, who has been an ever present in the Tottenham defence. He has said that life at White Hart Lane couldn’t be happier at this moment. He has recalled the numerous ups and downs he has had in his career and he has never allowed them to affect his football.
Dawson has also said that the club trying to sell him last summer was also part of football.
“It’s football. I’ve had so many ups, so many downs, that’s what football can bring. It’s a sport that everyone loves. A year ago I wasn’t in the team. This time last year I’d hardly played two games. But I kept my head down and worked hard. Belief – that’s what you’ve got to have inside. Everyone has knock-backs and it’s how you bounce back and thankfully, once November came I got in the team and never looked back,” said Dawson.