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Newcastle Fancy Spurs’ Michael Dawson

8:50 am, Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

There is news in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle United are ready to move for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.

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Michael Dawson – place no longer at Spurs?

When Dawson was at Nottingham Forest learning his trade, Newcastle and Bobby Robson were very interested in him, and that’s where we found Jermaine Jenas, and Bobby signed him as an 18 year old.

For whatever reason we didn’t land Dawson, who went to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005, and he played yesterday, in their good 2-0 win over Portsmouth. It turns out of course that Jenas is now plying his trade at White Hart Lane too, and has looked good since Ramos came to the club last year.

Now that Tottenham have Jonathan Woodgate, and Ledley King has returned from injury it would appear that a Woodgate-King central pairing is the preference of new boss Juane Ramos. But King is very injury prone and doesn’t seem to play too many games in a season, so we think Ramos would like to keep Dawson ot at least have good protection at center-back..

The fee mentioned for Dawson is around £8M, and that appears a reasonable price for a young player who has played in the over 90 Premier league games and is just 24 years old.

Since moving to Tottenham in 2005, he has played 82 times for the club and scored 2 goals and while at Nottingham Forest he made 83 appearances with 7 goals. The 6’3″ player made 13 appearances for the England Under-21 team, and twice for the England B team. Dawson was born and bred in Leyburn, North Yorkshire

We think Michael would be a good acquisition for us, and maybe we can do a package deal and get a good deal for Pasacal Chimbonda also – for around £9-£10M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jack // Mar 23, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Great player, good attitude. Rate him highly.

  • 2 Dave Atkinson // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Ed – You’re kidding aren’t you? Dawson is straight out of the Steven Taylor mould. He’s full of heart and running but is undeniably error-prone.

    We should buy if we want to perpetuate our reputation of having keystone cop defending.

    Otherwise, no thanks.

  • 3 walker // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    he was at fault for a lot of goals conceded by spurs under jol .still got to improve a lot the last thing we need is another shakey defender

  • 4 walker // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    as for chimbonda i hope not . money grabbing glove wearing ponce.

  • 5 Paul // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    couldnt agree more with you walker

  • 6 alex scott // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    My best mate is a spurs fan and he says dawson is a donkey – i couldn’t agree more. Terrible signing.

  • 7 adam // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    god i hope we dont get dawson. WHY do we always want to get muppet defenders who cant concentrate for the full 90 min and give away stupid goals.

    dawson isnt in the bramble class, but hes studying from the same book

  • 8 brian // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    ‘great player’!!!! Perhaps if you don’t count all the mistakes he’s made – he is the southern answer to Titus Bramble. Look at the Spurs defensive record with him in it. Would not be a step forward and greatly overpriced at that fee. Would be absolutely gutted if we signed him and at a price that is greater than Woody?

  • 9 GP // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    We don’t need CBs like him, get somebody like Van Buyten in to command the backline. He’s getting on a bit but he’s the type of player we need.

  • 10 Leo // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    bramble was from the south haha…

    dawson isnt good enough, not even a good idea to get as a squad player, i would rather we spent money on getting another kadar or tozer etc…

    spend the money on central midfield players and buy a really top CB

  • 11 Nick Dryden // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    mediocre player. Look at the stupid pen and sending off at he got at Man U in the cup.
    We have the boy EDGAR under our noses all the time. When will people see this.

  • 12 YongMalaysia // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    No, both player i wil say no. Always make mistake in game!!! we shld look at other good defender, don buy any giv up player by any club. we hav so many good scout, cant they do their job?

  • 13 scott9 // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    he would be an exellent signing as long as we bought someone with exeperience to play alongside him however he is still really young so we wont get him as spurs wont sell they lik to keep there english youth plus woody and king r always getting injured so he will still play alot of games for them next season

  • 14 Matthew Tom // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Absolutely terrible idea. Spurs had the worst defence last year (at a time when Robinson was playing well in goal) and Dawson was right at the heart of it in the absence of King.

    He’s a load of rubbish, often flattered when King or Woodgate are in the team with him and when he gets caught out he’s too easily tempted to pull shirts or commit fouls to make up for it and often gives away either bad goals or stupid free kicks and penalties.

    We should have moved faster to get Woodgate, faster to get Campbell, faster to get Curtis Davies, faster to get Distin. We have allowed other clubs to step in ahead of us in the transfer market in recent years, the worst example being the farce of Sam Allardyce signing no defenders at all until late in the window last summer, and then complaining that he was left with his third choice players.

    Sadly the choices are now quite limited for top defenders in this country – who would you have who is also realistically available? We are probably going to have to look abroad to the likes of Van Buyten, who at least KK already knows.

  • 15 scott9 // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    if i was going to buy 2 centre next season realistickly i would get daniel van buyten and cueller from rangers i think them 2 would sort out our defence and i would also buy a left back riise would be exellent and if not shorey

  • 16 CRAIGG // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Gonzalo Rodriguez is the man for us

    Sweeper who would compliment Taylor perfectly, He is still only 23 and has played a fair few matches in the Champions league, And plenty In the Argentine and Spanish leagues and Also has a few caps for Argentina.

    Marked Rooney and Van Nistelrooy out of a match when Villareal played Man Utd at Old trafford and helped them to a 0-0 draw which got them through the group stage.

    Him and Taylor CB partnership for the next ten Years with Kadar, Tozer, Edgar and Micah Richards (Dreaming) filling in the full back positions and covering injuries.

  • 17 Spyro // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    The people on here saying this guy is awful have not got a clue. Last season he saved Spurs countless times almost every game.

    He has been awful this season when partnered with a non english defender, but amazing when partnered with an english player.

    E.g. Huddlestone, Woodgate and King.

    Check if you dont believe me. Steven Taylor is much the same. Remember taylor last season when paired with Bramble, Edgar or Huntington, he was immense. Since being paired with a foreign CB he has been well under par.

    Dawson and Taylor would be a great, young partnership and i believe if they were together at CB it would provide us with a solid defence for the future and it would seriously reduce the amount of mistakes both players make.

    Dawson could well be the answer to our problems

  • 18 Dunc // Mar 23, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    We need a solid defender with experience to stand alongside Taylor. I believe with a solid defender next to him Taylor could flourish into the talent he is believed to be.
    Michael Dawson is not at all what we need, ooooooooohhhhh wait… it’s “NEWS” from one of them papers with a red thingy on the top of the front page isn’t it.

    Relieved… now I know it’s a load of shat!!!!!!

  • 19 Ashton // Mar 23, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    He is crap taylor is better than him
    and we need a world class CD not another rejected player from a shiti team like tottenham !!

    we need some one like

    Cristian Zapata
    Mixes
    Garay
    Barzageli
    or maybe Fernando Amorebieta we are already interested in him

  • 20 Tom_Toon // Mar 23, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Shocking.

    Kompany or Cuellar for me. Or both!

  • 21 CRAIGG // Mar 23, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Ashton i would love Mexes but its hardly going to happen

  • 22 Gooderz // Mar 23, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Dawson is a good defender but he isn’t a leader so his signing will, in all likelihood, continue our recent defensive history. However, there’s always a chance that a solid partnership could be struck.

    A leader and/or top foreign CB is what we need in all honesty, instead of signing the some type of players again and again.

  • 23 Jamie G // Mar 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    I think people forget how bad dawson was at the beginning of the season when he wasn’t playing beside injured king, instead he was playing with kaboul, and they were awful, so NO, unless we bring him in with an experienced top centre back. I have to say Cuellar does look good for rangers, and i think he would be a safer and cheaper option to dawson.

  • 24 CRAIGG // Mar 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    To be honest I dont think Cuellar is a safe option defenders look deceptively good in the SPL remember Boumsong

  • 25 richie // Mar 23, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    completey agree with u spyro and have been touting for dawson for a while now,,,would love t see him sign

    not confident on our chances of landing him tho??

  • 26 scott9 // Mar 23, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    tom toon i would say cueller i dont think we could get kompany however if we coud he would be an exellent signing

  • 27 sparetheman // Mar 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Dawson would be a bad signing. He reminds me too much of defenders we’ve had in the past, and I’ve seen him play terribly at times this season.

    Those suggesting Mexes, Kompany, Barzagli et al are hardly being constructive though.

  • 28 Obafan // Mar 23, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Imagine our central duo being Taylor and Dawson, how many will we concede then??? So, no thank you we need experienced players. On the other hand we have got an experienced player in Cacapa, but he gets no playing time. Really Cacapa is a great defender, but like other players he doesn’t get the chance to prove so. If he plays people search his mistakes, so his confidence goes down and then he sits on the bench, while Taylor can make mistake after mistake.

    If the club really believes in Taylor (me not ATM) then they should go to look for someone who has got the experience to teach Taylor!!!

  • 29 Spyro // Mar 23, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    people on here do not listen, check out Dawsons performances when paired with an British defender, he is immense. Same with Taylor. Just because the two have made a lot of mistakes this season doesnt mean they will be an awful partnership, when people on here judge a player they often disregard the context.

  • 30 Kiwi Toon // Mar 23, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    His problems are probably down to language, but he looks solid and I reckon Kevin could get the best out of him

  • 31 chuck // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Hope these two are only newstalk. Dawson ,never lived up to earlier expectations, bit too Titus Bramble for me, as for Chimbonda, think he would make a decent winger , an alfie McMichael he`s not. (who`s Alfie McMichael)

  • 32 BILLY - B // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    8Mil. for a player not as good as what we have.
    Hope it is just paper talk

  • 33 simen // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Don’t think he is good enough either! We need a attacking CB like Albert! Who’s going to start the “Kompany for Newcastle” campaign? :P Just like when we wanted Ottmar Hitzfeld :D




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