The defender was hit by a shin problem that kept him out for 10 weeks after joining us from Nottingham Forest.
Despite his obvious frustration, Michael continued to wear a smile at Spurs Lodge and impressed everyone with his ‘get on with it’ attitude.
“That’s what happens in football - you get knocks, niggles, it’s a physical game and you pick up injuries along the way,” he said.
“You can’t let it get you down but I’d moved from Nottingham and I wanted to get stuck in.
“It’s a big club and I wanted to get working for my new manager and working with the lads and that’s why it was frustrating, not being able to train and play.”
Michael’s patience was rewarded on April 16 when he was thrown in at the deep end for his debut at Anfield, performing admirably alongside Ledley King in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
“It was probably fortunate for me that Tony Gardner and Noureddine Naybet were injured, that gave me my chance,” he reflected.
“It was unfortunate for them, but injury denied me when I joined the club and then injuries gave me my chance — that’s football.
“It fell right for me and gave me a chance and I think I took it. I did alright and really enjoyed it. How can you not enjoy it? It’s something I’d wanted to do since I was at Forest and even before that as a young kid dreaming of playing for Forest.”
He made quite an impact at the end of last season and can’t wait for next term to come around. “I’ve had a taste and want more, simple as that,” he added. “My target has to be to try and become a regular.”
Michael Dawson insisted it was no good ‘sitting and sulking’ as injury left him sidelined in the first weeks of his Spurs career.