No player is guaranteed a place in this current Spurs side – and that includes Michael Dawson who is back in action following three months on the sidelines.
Such is the in-depth quality of Harry Redknapp’s squad that we could literally field two teams of full internationals. And that is particularly relevant at centre-half where Dawson accepts that he has it all to do just to get a start.
Dawson, injured on England duty in September, has battled back into first team action and knows that he has to stay on top of his form just to say there.
However, since his return, he has found a team full of confidence and matching the best that we’ve come up against at home and abroad.
Michael is the main feature in the February issue of Hotspur magazine where he says: “We were flying anyway…but it’s always easier going back into a team that is doing well.”
Backed up with some superb exclusive photography, Dawson also takes time out to praise the form of his team mates – particularly new defensive partner William Gallas – and Hotspur readers have the chance to win a pair of Michael’s signed match boots in our latest free-to-enter competition.
We also catch up with new arrival Steven Pienaar who can’t hide his delight at signing for Spurs. He tells Hotspur: “When you look at the way the team has been playing, we are really serious challengers.”
We also introduce fellow new boy Bongani Khumalo and chat with Luka Modric who, if pushed, admits that he’s in the form of his life – but is too modest to say so. So we say it for him in another exclusive interview with our Croatian playmaker.
Manager Harry Redknapp tells his players that they need show no fear. “We have to believe,” says Harry. Rafael van der Vaart agrees and tells us that Spurs now have many new followers in Holland.
“Not just because of me but because of the way the team plays,” he says. “Everyone is interested and that is a compliment to the club. I love it here."
Former captain Gary Mabbutt proved so popular with readers when he took over our ‘any questions’ slot last month that we retained his services for the February issue where he discusses Gareth Bale, Gazza, Bill Nicholson, Rafa and how he refused to allow diabetes to affect his own career.
Renowned crime fiction author Mark Billingham drops in to White Hart Lane to explain why he keeps Spurs at the heart of so many of his novels. We say a sad farewell to the great Ralph Coates with a special three-page tribute. And included in or ongoing Double coverage is a focus on right-back Peter Baker, whose own quiet influence was critical to our success 50 years ago.
Our former striker Steffen Iversen is back in London with Crystal Palace and determined to return to watch a game at the Lane. He says: “The Spurs crowd was always special and I don’t think I have experienced anything like it since.”
In his regular column Ossie Ardiles looks ahead to our big Champions League clash with AC Milan – a game that also inspires us to take a closer look at the other 15 clubs still left in he competition.
It’s all in the latest issue of Hotspur, our ever-popular official monthly magazine. Don’t miss it!
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