Could it be the summer of 2012 all over again for Michael Dawson as he shows a reluctance to leave Tottenham Hotspur and join Hull City?
On Monday there was report that from BBC Humberside that Hull City had agreed a deal with Tottenham to sign their captain and central defender, Michael Dawson. In that blog I wondered whether Dawson would agree to the move or reject the proposed transfer as he had done two years ago when the then new manager Andre Villas-Boas was prepared to sell him to Queen’s Park Rangers.
2012 All Over Again!
In the summer of 2012 Michael Dawson rejected a proposed transfer to QPR and, in hindsight, it proved to be a wise decision. The Loftus Road club, newly promoted to the Premier League, endured a season-long, unsuccessful battle against relegation while Dawson managed, after a couple of months on the sidelines, to prove his usefulness to AVB and won back his place in the Tottenham defence.
Two years on, and Tottenham have yet another new manager and Mauricio Pochettino appears to have decided to sell Dawson. On the surface of it, a transfer to Hull could be a good move for Dawson as last season Hull City impressed on their return to the Premier League and also reached the FA Cup Final. Hull have already signed two players from Spurs, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, with manager Steve Bruce looking to strengthen his side further as they embark on a season which includes Europa League football.
On a personal level a move to Hull should appeal to Dawson as he is from the north of England and his brother played for Hull for a number of seasons.
There may be concerns for Dawson though that this season Hull could do a QPR and struggle especially with the added burden of playing in Europe. If they progress to the group stages, will the extra matches have a detrimental effect on their league form?
Other clubs in London have expressed interest in signing Michael Dawson so for the present, he may be biding his time to see what other options open up to him. QPR are again interested and with Harry Redknapp in charge, Dawson may think they have a better chance of survival this time around. Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis have also shown interest in Dawson. A move to a London club may be favoured by Dawson who has lived in the capital since his move south from Nottingham in 2005.
Then, of course, Dawson might be considering showing the same determined spirit that he displayed two years ago and which is a crucial part of his playing style to show Pochettino that he still has something to offer Tottenham Hotspur where he is still the captain.
Michael Dawson is a well liked at Tottenham and many would be sad to see him leave but if he does everyone will send him off with thanks for what he’s done at White Hart Lane and their best wishes for the future.