Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson admits he's been impressed by the rise of Sandro at White Hart Lane.
The Brazilian midfielder has become an integral part of the Spurs side in the second-half of the season, and recently earned praise from manager Harry Redknapp after a rare goal in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
It was a breakthrough performance against AC Milan in the Champions League that set the youngster on his way, and Dawson has been pleased with the way the player has integrated into the squad despite not knowing the language fully.
“Sandro’s performances in the Champions League were great and he certainly makes our job a lot easier,” Dawson told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.
“He sits just in front, wins balls, breaks play up, tracks players and we all know now he can score goals after that strike at the weekend. He’s a top, top player. He’s also a great lad to have in and around the club. He’s still learning English but he’s full part of the banter and everyone loves him in the changing room.”
Recent speculation has linked the former Internacional star with a move away from White Hart Lane, but agent Luiz Paulo Chignall has been quick to play down the reports in Italy.
“Would Sandro like to play in Serie A? Yes, but for now he's good for Tottenham."
Further praise from his manager would suggest Spurs are more than happy with their £8 million summer acquisition, and there are even higher hopes for the 22-year-old at Spurs.
"Sandro is emerging as a top player. He's come into the English game and his performance against City's strong midfield was excellent," Redknapp concluded after the midweek game against Manchester City.