Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson is adamant he is ready to fight for his place at White Hart Lane.
The 28-year-old was named Spurs captain after Ledley King retired and was expected to play a key role in Andre Villas-Boas’ team, but the Portuguese manager surprisingly relegated him to the bench.
As a result, the centre-back has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season, but he insists he is staying positive nonetheless.
“Sulking is not something I’ve ever done, it’s not something I’m going to do and it’s not something I want to be around,” he told London Evening Standard.
“Everyone in the squad wants to play and I don’t think it’s right if people come in sulking.
“We all want to play but that’s why you have to stay positive. When you’re called upon, you need your team-mates to want to back you and fight for you. Do I still feel I can force my way in? Of course.”
Dawson was offered a chance to join QPR at the end of the summer transfer window, but he rejected the proposal and decided to stay and fight for his place at the Lane.
“It was my choice to stay and fight for my position, simple as that. When the offer came (to join QPR), I decided I’d stay and work hard and when I’m called upon, I have to be ready.”
Michael Dawson joined Tottenham in a €7 million deal from Nottingham Forest in January 2005, but needed almost two years to establish himself as a first team regular.
In total, the defender has made 140 Premier League appearances for Spurs, scoring 6 goals in the process.