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Hull analysis: Ledley King on Kane v Dawson

Posted on 14 December 2016  - 16:00

Ledley King spent the best part of seven years alongside Michael Dawson at the heart of our defence, of course, injuries aside. The former team-mates also knew all about an up-and-coming young striker at the Club by the name of Harry Kane. Now it's Harry v 'Daws', and Ledley cannot wait for a fascinating battle as we face Hull City this evening.

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Ledley King

323 appearances for Spurs 1999-2012
League Cup winner and captain, 2008
Played alongside Michael Dawson, 2005-2012
Now Club Ambassador

No surprises

Ledley: "Harry would have been a young lad in the Academy during most of Daws’ time at the club but someone we always knew was up and coming as a goalscorer. Daws would have trained with him on numerous occasions so will know him very well, know how good he is and there will be no surprises."

Below: Harry and Michael line-up together in Chicago, July 2014

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The model pro

Ledley: "Daw always has time for younger players and someone like Harry I’m sure would have appreciated him being at the Club when he was breaking through. It’s a big part of being a senior professional. Daws was great at that - it's the type of person he is. I wasn’t there so much on the training pitch for obvious reasons but off the pitch, I always tried to help the younger players as much as possible. Daws will know Harry well because he was someone who invested in everyone at the Club."

Below: Michael in action for Hull this season

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Daws would pick up cards for me!

Ledley: "Daws is a physical guy, loves to let strikers know he’s there by winning his battles in the air or on the floor. I’ve seen Daws put tackles in early - I always said that he used to pick up my yellow cards for me! For me, Daws was always an underrated player. He’ll know how it wants to play it and although the focus is bound to be on these two, a lot of it is down to other players all doing their jobs as well, players providing the service for Harry, Hull’s players helping out Daws and the defence when we’re in possession. It’s a battle within the battle - and it will intriguing."

Below: Harry on target against Swansea last time out at the Lane

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A different ball game

When Michael left Spurs for Hull in the summer of 2014, Harry had just broken through towards the end of the 2013-14 season, scoring in three-successive matches in the Premier League in April, 2014. His full breakthrough season would follow in 2014-15 when he scored 31 goals in all competitions and scored on his England debut.Now he's the Golden Boot winner and arguably England's first-choice striker.

"The respect will be there, Daws will respect him as a top player and a massive goal threat. Daws would have seen enough to know all about him, regardless of where he is now. He’s seen him up close and personal and knows he’s got dynamite in his boots in and around goal. They will try to stop Harry getting into positions where he can get shots off early."

Below: Daws and Ledley celebrate Ledley's goal against Arsenal, October 2005

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Final word on Daws

Ledley: "There are two sides to Daws, the warrior on the pitch who would put his body on the line for his team-mates and then the off-pitch stuff, where he’s just the nicest guy in the world. Everyone will tell you the same, 100 per cent. He’s a great guy to have around the club, an experienced player and the perfect player for younger players to talk to. Managers love to have players like that. I’ve so many good memories and good things to say about him."