AVB playing Michael Dawson at the back
When Andre Villas Boas assumed control at White Hart Lane at the start of last season it seemed like he had decided to show Michael Dawson the exit. Credit to Dawson though he turned down a move away to QPR and forced his way back into the team.
Fast forward to halfway through AVB's second season in charge and it is seeming more and more as if the manager's first impression was the right one. Perhaps if he had stuck with his decision he would still be in a job.
Under AVB Tottenham played with a high line pressing up the pitch. This of course left ample space behind the defence for clever teams to exploit.
This problem was partly dealt with by Hugo Lloris playing sweeper-keeper but only partly. A team that plays with a high line ideally needs centre backs with a bit of pace. Especially, if they utilise attacking full backs as Spurs do.
Dawson however, lacks the yard and a half of pace a top defender needs. A fact which was cruelly exposed against Liverpool and Man City. If he continues to play centre half for Spurs you can expect Dawson lack of speed will be highlighted again.
So playing Dawson at the back was a mistake. One that played a large role in costing AVB his job.