August 21, 2012
We wrote about this from Tottenham’s perspective earlier today, so now how would any potential deal for Michael Dawson benefit Queens Park Rangers?
The reason Dawson is no longer a regular at Tottenham, is because he’s not quite good enough to be playing in the top-6 – he’s maybe a yard or two short of the pace he needs to be in the same ability category as Phil Jagielka or Gary Cahill. Make no mistake though, this is an excellent, no frills defender, who does the basics of the position very well indeed.
The heavy loss to Swansea on Saturday isn’t something to base wholesale changes on, but it did illuminate some real deficiencies in Mark Hughes’ side. Defensively, they were absolutely hopeless – no structure, no communication between goalkeeper and central defenders, no cohesion of any type.
Dawson, if he doesn’t completely solve that, would remedy it significantly – alongside his playing attributes, he’s a leader and a motivator. Not to be negative, but from the look of QPR at the moment, those are all qualities they could use at the moment.
Now is not the time to take any risks over foreign players or cheap alternatives. It’s rare that a player of Dawson’s defensive capabilities becomes available, and Tony Fernandes and Mark Hughes need to take advantage of that.
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