Michael Dawson has gone through everything this season. First he was named team captain, then transfer listed, then un-transfer listed, then relegated to the bench and given two minutes of playing time through the team's first 10 games, and finally restored to the starting lineup against West Ham.
Yet, despite all the ups-and-downs, Dawson returned to the lineup without missing a beat.
Tottenham are 6-1-0 when Dawson starts, and have conceded just four goals in those games.
Admittedly, Dawson is a limited centre-back. He offers less on offense than Vertonghen, Caulker or Kaboul, and even on defense his lack of pace has been cruelly exposed by the Premier League's best attackers.
But Dawson knows very well how to pay to his strengths. He knows how to get the ball out quickly, to challenge opponents in the air, and to score off the occasional corner.
His tackles are sharp and precise, and if asked to mark a centre-forward, he can virtually take him out of the game.
Most importantly, with Ledley King now gone, Dawson provides leadership that no one else at Tottenham can.
AVB has shown a preference this season to have William Gallas be the team's leader. But as Gallas' flaws and age have become more apparent over time, AVB has shown great willingness to reincorporate Dawson in the team.
If that trend continues, Tottenham should continue to be strong and united at the back.