Michael Dawson is the “perfect leader” for Nottingham Forest and future management material, his former Tottenham team-mate Michael Brown has told Seat Pitch.
A product of the Reds’ famed academy system is still going strong at 35 years of age.
His first season back at the City in 2018-19 was decimated by injury, while another niggling knock has been picked up in the current campaign.
The hope is, however, that he will soon be back marshalling the back four with captain’s armband in place.
Brown sees Dawson as being integral to Sabri Lamouchi’s plans, with the commanding centre-half a talismanic presence and important member of any squad.
A man who once shared a dressing room with the ex-England international at White Hart Lane, told Seat Pitch: “First of all, what you must understand about Michael Dawson is that he’s a great lad, great character.
“He’s very much a team person, a team player, and that’s what he brings to Forest. That experience that he’s got now, he will keep everybody level.
“With that extra experience he’s got, he’s the perfect leader for them this season.
“He’s still got a wonderful strike on a cross-field ball and he reads the game very well.”
Dawson is proving to be the perfect mentor for fellow home-grown star Joe Worrall, with a centre-half who once learned the ropes from Des Walker now passing on priceless knowledge of his own.
Brown added: “Perfect. Joe’s still learning, he’s had a loan move, but he’s getting better each year. He’ll have confidence now.
“When you get into the team and you start winning and you’ve got him [Dawson] next you and Ben Watson just in front of him – a couple of seniors around him – that will help him in his progression.”
Dawson is only tied to terms with Forest through to the end of this season.
He has offered no indication as yet that he is preparing to hang up his boots, but has started doing the odd media shift and will be aware that the end of a distinguished career is nigh.
Brown expects an affable character to move into the dugout, with Dawson having already enjoyed a brief stint calling some shots when he assisted caretaker boss Simon Ireland in the wake of Aitor Karanka’s departure from the City Ground.
“I think it [management] will be of interest to him,” Brown said.
“I’ve seen him talk about football when he’s not playing. He will have that desire, he’ll want to do it and rightly so.
“The clubs he has played at, that experience he has got, I would expect him to do some sort of coaching.”
For now, Dawson’s focus is locked on returning to full fitness and Sabri Lamouchi’s starting XI.
Forest will be back in action on Wednesday night when they play host to Hull City, with the Reds looking to offer an immediate response to the 1-0 defeat suffered at Wigan.
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