Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Tottenham announced the deal was done on Tuesday, via their official Twitter feed:
BREAKING: We've reached agreement with Hull City for the transfer of Michael Dawson. #ThankYouDaws— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 26, 2014
Dawson also spoke on his move via the same feed:
Daws: "I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it.” #ThankYouDaws— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 26, 2014
Daws: "I would like to say thank you to everyone at the Club, including the supporters.” #ThankYouDaws— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 26, 2014
Daws: “We have enjoyed some incredible moments together and I hope the Club continues to move forward in the future." #ThankYouDaws— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 26, 2014
Hull City have done their best to shore up the defence with the addition of Michael Dawson.
Manager Steve Bruce confirmed the deal, according to Rob Harris of the Associated Press:
Hull manager Steve Bruce announces deal agreed in principle to sign Michael Dawson from Tottenham— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 24, 2014
Bruce has been after Dawson for most of the summer, admitting in July, "As far as Michael is concerned, it's stalemate and at the moment we are as far away as we can be from doing a deal," via David Anderson of the Mirror.
However, he was able to keep at it and eventually find a way to complete a transfer. He explained his relief to Sam Matterface of talkSPORT:
Bruce also told me he's close to signing Michael Dawson from #THFC "it's taken a long time but it's worth the wait"— Sam Matterface (@sammatterface) August 24, 2014
The 30-year-old defender is an experienced centre-back who made 31 starts for Tottenham last season while helping the club finish sixth in the Premier League. He has been a consistent part of the Hotspur back line since coming over from Nottingham Forest during the 2004-05 season.
However, Tottenham have not been able to get him onto the pitch this season with Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier capable of playing the position.
Joe Short of the Sunday Express explains how this move fits in with the plans for the rest of the transfer window:
Dawson, 30, will be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane should Spurs sign Sevilla ace Federico Fazio this week. And boss Mauricio Pochettino appears happy to let Dawson, who joined Tottenham in 2005, go on the cheap. [...]
Yet Pochettino requires another centre-half if Spurs are to balance Europa League fixtures with top-flight games once again this season.
He will now try to help a young club looking to move up in the league table. While the club flirted with relegation last season and finished in 16th place, they are off to a good start this year with four points in two matches.
Additionally, they are set to compete in the Europa League this season thanks to their work in the FA Cup, and they need all the experience they can get.
Dawson should become an immediate contributor on the defence as well as bringing in some much-needed leadership to the locker room. While he might not be able to start in every match like he is used to, he will certainly be there when needed for Hull City.
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