Captain offers encouragement to out of favour striker.
Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson has offered encouragement to striker Jermain Defoe by urging him to continue fighting for a starting place in the squad, Sky Sports reports.
Dawson himself knows how it feels to be cast aside by the club despite now being entrusted with the captains armband and he has insisted that the tide with turn for the 29-year-old striker much as it did for him.
He appeared destined to be on his way out of the club in 2012, only to remain on Spurs’ books and force his way back into contention under Andre Villas-Boas.
Dawson said in the Daily Star: “Football is a strange game – this time last year I wasn’t in the team but I kept my head down, worked hard and the rewards were great.
“There’s no better feeling than running out here on a weekly basis and, trust me, when you win, it’s the best feeling in the world.
“All you can do is work hard on a daily basis, and when you get your chance, you’ve got to take it.
“But everyone in that dressing room wants to be successful, we want each other to do well.”
Defoe netted twice during the side’s midweek Europa League victory against Norwegian side Tromso, and Dawson feels as though that kind of form will get him back playing with no problems.
“Jermain was sharp as a tack – he’s a top player and a top finisher.
”Now he is only two goals behind a Spurs legend in European games.
“You can’t keep him down because he’s a goalscorer, he just loves scoring goals.
“We’ve got a top squad here and, whoever plays on a weekly basis, you’ve got to go out there and perform – and Jermain’s done that.
“Of course it is frustrating when you are not playing, and there’s no player who will stand here and claim he doesn’t want to play, but there’s only 11 you can fit into the team.”