Michael Dawson is the team captain, who leads by example and is totally committed in every game, in every tackle and every challenge. He is widely respected by his team-mates, supporters, opponents and officials. He plays with a smile and is very respectful and measured in his comments, conscious of the important role he has of representing the club.
Sandro is another totally committed player who gives his all in every game. He has now recovered fully from last season’s injury which saw him out from mid-January and is ready for action at the highest level, always in the thick of the battle. He has boundless energy and his contribution this season is such that Spurs have not conceded a goal in any match while he has been on the field.
After the defeat to Newcastle, he expressed his disappointment and how much it hurt him that the team had lost. Spurs were a goal down when he was introduced at half-time but his all-action display in midfield gave Spurs a base for a better second half when the team could have equalised but for an outstanding goalkeeping display by Tim Krul. As with every supporter, the disappointment would stay with Sandro so much longer as there would be no matches for a fortnight due to the international break.
This week Sandro has been rallying the team ahead of the match against City, pointing out that it is a game Spurs must win to keep their title hopes alive. Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Sandro said,
We have to go to Manchester City and win — like we beat Manchester United at Old Trafford last season.
Winning is all that is important to Sandro.
Spurs Need Sandro!
With such talk and commitment from Sandro it is hard to see Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas taking notice of interest from other clubs who are reported to be considering making a bid for the midfielder in the January transfer window. Spurs need players with a winning mentality who are totally committed. Sandro is one of the players they will need if this season is going to be one to remember, starting as Sandro would say, with a win at Manchester City.